Keswick Film Club - Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

You are viewing the old version of our website.

Please visit our current website for all the latest information.

Sunday 30th October 5:00 PM

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash 

Director: Edwin Country: Indonesia
Cert: 18 Year: 2021 Length: 114 mins Language: Indonesian
Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Programme Notes

Cinema Handout (PDF 192KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 52.63% Attendance: 48



  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database


"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 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.

Paved with hair-raising motorcycle duels and even murder plots, Ajo's path towards self-destruction is cut short by his encounter with Iteung, a girl hired as the bodyguard for one of the young man's intimidation targets. Cue the perfect meet-cute where the pair engage in thrilling hand-to-hand combat against the spectacular backdrop of a concrete dumping ground. And like any classic love scene, the camera lingers on their contorting bodies, accentuating the sensuality as much as the speed of martial arts moves.

An adrenaline-pumping action fest that is ironic in many respects, 'Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash' swerves towards the mystical and the spiritual in the latter half, becoming an earnest and potent critique on the trappings of masculinity" – Phuong Le, Guardian.

I couldn't have said it better myself: an Indonesian action movie with a lot to say.



comments powered by Disqus

Find A Film

Search over 1325 films in the Keswick Film Club archive.

Film Festival

Festival Logo

27 Feb - 1 Mar 2020


KFC is friends with Caldbeck Area Film Society and Brampton Film Club and members share benefits across all organisations


Keswick Film Club won the Best New Film Society at the British Federation Of Film Societies awards in 2000.

Since then, the club has won Film Society Of The Year and awards for Best Programme four times and Best Website twice.

We have also received numerous Distinctions and Commendations in categories including marketing, programming and website.

Talking Pictures Talking Pictures The KFC Newsletter
Links Explore the internet with Keswick Film Club
Find Us On Facebook