(2009) dir. Johnnie To; 108min.
FRIDAY, August 24th at 7 & 9:30pm
SATURDAY, August 25th at 7 & 9:30pm
SUNDAY, August 26th at 3pm
Johnnie To's latest bizarre and entertaining exercise in style has a twist: Hong Kong's top action maestro ("The Mission," "Election") has made iconic French singer Johnny Hallyday, 66, a hit man out for revenge.
Hallyday plays the world-weary Costello, a former gangster turned restaurant owner who flies in from Paris and goes on a rampage in Hong Kong and Macao after his daughter's family is murdered, and his daughter (Sylvie Testud) is badly hurt.
Costello hooks up with some local assassins, including To regulars Anthony Wong and Lam Suet, to help bring down a mob boss (Simon Yam, great as always). Complicating things: Thanks to a bullet lodged in his brain some years ago, Costello is slowly losing his memory. Is revenge worth it when you can't remember the reason for it? (Answer: Damn straight!)
To's smooth, balletic style, noirish lighting schemes and compositions are made for the big screen, and because his work is (sadly) not distributed well in the United States, take this opportunity to see it in a theater. ~ SF Gate