Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Indonesian director Edwin’s dizzying film adaptation of Eka Kurniawan’s acclaimed novel, about an impotent aspiring assassin, is a bracingly unusual genre hybrid.
Meiske Taurisia, Muhammad Zaidy
Edwin, Eka Kurniawan
Marthino Lio, Ladya Cheryl
Indonesia-Singapore-Germany 2021. 114min
The Match Factory
With English subtitles
Combining elements of retro East Asian fight cinema, raunchy sex comedies, ghost stories and all out romance movies, this utterly distinctive, weirdly moving film focuses on Ajo (Marthino Lio) a moody hitman intent on proving his worth by assassinating a local hood. But when he meets troubled bodyguard Iteung (Cheryl), a softer side to this young man emerges – an initially knockabout connection morphing into something more romantically physical. The only snag is that Ajo is impotent, just one of many obstacles the new couple must face as they hurtle into an uncertain, unpredictable and violent future. Constantly evolving narratively and tonally, prolific director Edwin’s beautifully shot and performed film fires along at breakneck pace, unfolding its complex, thematically rich story with elegance, energy and sincere emotion. A truly unique film.
This film contains distressing scenes.
£16.00 Standard Price / £10.00 for Students
Tickets on sale Fri 24th Sep 10:00 to BFI Patrons, Fri 24th Sep 11:30 to BFI Champions, Fri 24th Sep 12:30 to BFI Members and Fri 24th Sep 16:00 to the public.