Revenge: A Love Story
From a scene to scene basis, Wong Ching-Po and Juno’s Mak’s latest foray into CATIII territory is mildly entertaining. It’s repulsive, violent and laughably over the top. It’s a polish piece of B grade cinema that sometimes masquerades as a philosophical examination on the cyclical nature of vengeance.
Despite coming up with the story and playing the lead, Juno doesn’t have the screen presence to carry the dark material. He’s either stupidly earnest or horrifically diabolic. There’s nothing in between that would hint at who he is as a character. Then there’s Sora Aoi who isn’t required to do anything more than to be the poor damsel in distress and to show some skin. There’s next to zero chemistry between the two actors and that’s a problem when the film is suppose to be a “Love Story” of sorts.
The baddies in the film fare much better. Though underused, Chin Siu-Ho and Tony Ho manage to bring some emotional weight to their incredibly flawed characters. But the actor that steals the show is Lau Wing who’s just having a blast playing the cop who’s just rotten to the core.
Revenge: A Love Story is nothing groundbreaking but there are a few decent action scenes and the story clips along in a fairly fast pace. Just don’t think about the story too hard and try not to laugh at the ridiculous title cards.