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Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (2021)

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (2021)

TV-MA

netflix

An artful, subversive ode to 1980s action films

6.9

Movie

Indonesia
Indonesian
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
2021
EDWIN
Arie Dagienkz, Ayu Laksmi, Brilliana Desy Dwinawati
114 min

What it's about

Ajo Kawir is a fighter who fears nothing, not even death. His raging urge to fight is driven by a secret: his impotence. When he crosses paths with a tough female fighter named Iteung, Ajo gets beaten black and blue, but he also falls head over heels in love. Will Ajo’s path lead him to a happy life with Iteung, and, eventually, his own peace of mind?

The take

The pulp and machismo that defined the ‘80s is very much present in Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, but instead of glorifying the era, Indonesian auteur Edwin smartly flips the script and puts the headstrong Iteung (Ladya Cheryl) front and center in this subversive and heady action film. As the anti-damsel-in-distress, Iteung expertly wrestles her way through love, all while retaining an endearing cheekiness and independence about her. 

Excellently choreographed, impeccably detailed, and skewed with enough of a feminist bent to keep it fresh, Vengeance Is Mine fittingly won the top prize at the 74th Locarno International Film Festival.

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