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Punished (2011/Indomina/Vivendi DVD)

Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: B     Film: C+



After a rich tycoon's daughter is abducted, ransomed and killed he orders his criminal personal bodyguard to find the killers and all those who were responsible or involved to exact his vengeance, but as his bodyguard viciously tracks them down, beats and tortures them to talk and give up names, the key responsible persons are always someone who is near to him.  Will he be able to pull the final trigger when he finds out who it is?  This is Law Wing-cheong’s Punished.
A father will still pay the ransom for his spoiled drug addicted daughter despite her flaws.  He first suspects hit might be another his daughter's ploys for trying to score money off of him for her drug addiction, but when it turns up her dead body, even after when he's paid the ransom, he wants those who were involved to pay.  To get his revenge he can't go to the police, the only man he can rely on is his right hand man/bodyguard, but in his quest for revenge it might cost him more than just his daughter.
The was a pretty direct film, off the bat the film opens up with a man discovering the body of his dead daughter and then progresses what led up to the event and his vengeance afterwards.  All those who were involved, their motives (usually money) and how kidnapping, ransomed was planned and executed.  The only thing they didn't expect was the bodyguard to succeed.  In the end he is still alone and his daughter is still dead, yet it is truly a film in which followed the phrase 'you reap what you sow.'   This is nicely shot in the Technovision and Elite Scope real anamorphic 35mm film formats, but this transfer is to soft and the sound is not what I had expected either.  Maybe a Blu-ray would work better.  Extras include inside look at Punished, directing the cast, behind the scenes gallery and trailer.



-   Ricky Chiang


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