FURIE – A Review by John Strange
Hai Phuong (Veronica Ngo) is a former gangster who left the life when she got pregnant. Raising Mai (Mai Cat Vi), Hai does whatever she can to make money to keep them going. Mostly, she collects debts for a local gangster. The locals don’t like her because of this. Both Hai and Mai are treated poorly by the other people in the village due to Hai’s job.
She is very good at her job having been trained in martial arts by her father. But that ability also creates enemies. When Mai is kidnapped, Hai does not hesitate to go after the kidnappers. She pursues them across the country, ending up in Saigon where she reports the crime to the police.
Hai discovers the kidnappers are part of a ring that kidnap children and harvest their organs for the black market. This energizes her to save Mai.
The action in this film is excellent and very realistic. The story has some holes from my Western way of thinking but I think it gives us a good look at how the people of Vietnam view their police and criminals.
I enjoyed this film, Reading the subtitles can be a bit tricky at times due to lack of contrast between the image on the screen and the white lettering but you will see well enough that you won’t miss out on much of the dialog and will be able to figure out what you missed. Watch this film on the big screen (I watched on a 19 inch monitor) and I think that problem will be minimized.
I give Furie a rating of A for its storyline and action. Fans of action drams wil enjoy this film!
Directed by: Le Van Kiet
Cast: Veronica Ngo, Phan Than Nhien, Mai Cat Vi
MPAA Rating: NR
Selig Rating: B+
Runtime: 98 Min.
Release Date: March 1st, 2019
Theaters: AMC Firewheel 18
Language: Vietnamese with English subtitles
Movie Site: www.wellgousa.com/films/furie
The Selig Rating Scale:
A – Excellent movie, well worth the price.
B – Good movie
C – OK movie
D – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
F – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.