Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash review – masterful send up of 80s action flicks

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About Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash,
Written by Phuong Le, and was originally published in Guardian,
Aug 03, 2022

Pulpy yet swooningly romantic, Edwin’s entertaining thriller has perhaps the coolest film title in recent years; it also won the Golden Leopard at last year’s Locarno film festival. Adapted from the popular novel by Eka Kurniawan – the first Indonesian writer to be nominated for the Booker prize – this is a bombastic time capsule of 1980s Indonesia that is all about the essence of manhood. Left impotent by a childhood trauma, Ajo (Marthino Lio) can’t get it up, but he can certainly raise his fists, earning a reputation as a daredevil who chases death just to prove his virility.

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