(Directed by Wong Ching Po)
Revenge is a terrible thing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look cool doing it. Pop singer/splatter film fan Juno Mak wrote the original story for and also stars in Revenge: A Love Story, which he claims is an anti-revenge movie. The film is the second production from Josie Ho, Conroy Chan and Andrew Ooi’s 852 Films, which also gave us Pang Ho-Cheung’s social commentary slasher Dream Home.
This time, bombastic filmmaking and artistic pretensions (courtesy of co-writer/director Wong Ching-Po) replace social commentary and tongue-in-cheek dark humor.
The switch from socially-conscious slasher to pretentious grindhouse thriller could please western genre film fans who might have been confused by Dream Home’s look at a local Hong Kong issue. Despite the in-your-face direction,
Wong Ching-Po’s direction is more down-to-earth compared to his own Jiang Hu and Ah Sou, avoiding much of the showy MTV-style filmmaking that alienated and frustrated audiences. However, his script tries far too often for meaning, depriving the audience of a simple stylistic exercise in extreme violence.
“The Best Director” (Wong Ching Po) – The 33rd Moscow Int’l Film Festival
“The Second Diploma of Russian Film Critics” – The 33rd Moscow Int’l Film Festival
“The Best Actor” (Juno Mak) – The 15th Puchon Int’l Film Festival, Korea
Nominated “The Best Supporting Actor” (Lau Wing) – The 48th Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival
The 42nd India International Film Festival
The 16th Athens International Film Festival
France L’etrange Film Festival 2011
USA Fantastic Fest 2011
UK Manchester Grimm Up North 2011
Taiwan Kaohsiung Film Festival 2011
Finland Night Vision Film Festival 2011
Country: Hong Kong
Running Time: 90 min