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Revenge: A Love Story Review

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A brutal serial killer is preying on Hong Kong policemen and their pregnant wives. When Kit (Mak) is caught fleeing from a police roadblock, flashbacks show his past as a steamed bun seller in love with a pretty customer (Sola). Her violent assault sets him on the path to bloody retribution.

★★★★★

The bid to revive Hong Kong Category III movies continues with this mix of slash and sentiment. Switching between three time frames, the action reveals how bun-seller Juno Mak became besotted with mentally challenged schoolgirl Aoi Sola and why he went on a rampage slaughtering policemen and violating their pregnant wives. However, Wong Ching-Po never seems as interested in Mak’s motives as his modus operandi and the use of slow-mo is as gratuitous as the decision to let the camera linger in lurid detail over Sola’s rape when she’s mistaken for a prostitute. Performances and stylistic flourishes are audacious, but shock factor regrettably takes precedence over credibility and taste.

Gory and close to exploitative in its depiction of sexual violence, Ching-Po's thriller packs some serious shocks. Not for the faint-hearted.

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