In Revenge: a Love Story (Fuk sau che chi sei ), the DVD having been released on the 9th January 2012 (and, yes, this review is late, I know: mea culpa), upcoming Hong Kong young director Wong Ching Po has taken a typical genre of their industry, the horror film, and transformed it into a fast pacing view not only into the violence of hatred, and the vicious environment it creates, but also into the corruption and abuse resulting from power structures. The intelligence of this film not only lies in its argument on the nature of hatred and its relationships with love and power, which is how I interpreted it, but also in that it can also be read as a visceral and extreme horror thriller, sometimes literally, with plenty of the expected violence and gore. In fact, Terracota, its British distributor, is releasing the DVD under its Terror Cota label. Hollywood B movies used to be the masters of this approach once upon a time, now that mantra has moved to East Asia.
The original story by Juno Mak, and developed by Lai-yin Leung and Wong Ching Po, has not only produced a visceral horror thriller, but also raised questions about the nature of hatred, violence, love, and power structures. Jimmy Wong's cinematography conveys both the naturalness of their daily lives and the darkness of their story, the rape scene being particularly memorable in its chiaroscuro photography. Dan Findlay's score, also performed by him, adds to the atmosphere of the film.
Revenge: A Love Story is distributed in Britain by Terror Cota, a label of Terracota Distribution. It is already on sale.
"REVENGE: A LOVE STORY is a story about hatred. When we were drafting the story, a question arose, "who is the real victim in revenge?'
We were obsessed by this question every moment until one day, I picked up the book "Wild Grass" by Lu Xun. There was an essay entitled 0020 "Vengeance". I came up with a new thought afterwards.
Perhaps the victim is the crowd who sees the happenings but indeed doesn't know anything.
Human beings can never let go of hatred. Being in hatred is like a one way trip into darkness, you will never come back until it is settled.
Now the film is finished, everyone returns to their original life. It is my time to fade out from the film. Perhaps the best way out of hatred is to leave.
Revenge: A Love Story (2010)
- A Decade of Love - Sup Fun Chung Chin (2008)
- Mob Sister - Ah Sou (2005)
- Left Hand - Gong Wu (a.k.a. Jiang Hu) (2004)
- Fu Bo (2003)
Won Silver St George Award at 33rd Moscow International Film Festival 2011 for Best Direction Wong Ching Po and Best Director Wong Ching Po
Won 15th Puchon International Film Festival 2011, Best Actor, Juno Mak
Official nomination USA Fantastic Film Festival 2011
- Making Of,
- Director Interview,
- Producer Interview,
- "What is Terracotta Festival?" Featurette.
Running time: 91 mins.
Language: Cantonese with English subtitles.
Audio- Dolby Surround
Ratio- 4:3 Letterboxed