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Starring: Charlie Yeung, Aaron Kwok, Kelly Lin, Qin Hai Lu, Valen Hsu, Gouw Ian Iskandar)
Director: Patrick Tam
Rating: M18 (Scene Of Intimacy)
Year Made: 2006


VCD Format (2 Discs)
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Running Time: 1 hr 57 mins
Distributor: InnoForm Media



He (Aaron Kwok) once had everything: money, friends and an understanding wife (Charlie Young) who had to help pay for his debt due to his addictive gambling. He is now a shadow of the man he once was. A man past his prime, he has gambled all he had away except his son (Gouw Ian Iskandar) who is smart and loves his father dearly Unable to tolerate his ways, the wife left the father and son eventually. Soon, the son was forced to become a thief to help pay his father's gambling debts. However, the son was eventually caught. The father asked for his son's forgiveness and silence follows. The hurt that the father has inflicted on his son shall forever remain a scar. A decade later, the grown son returns to his hometown. As he walks the empty streets from a distance, he sees a man who resembles his father...


After This Our Exile is not the best Hong Kong film I saw this year. Nor is Aaron Kwok this year’s best actor. What it is, however, is a poignant yet restrained movie inhabited by beautiful people in unbelievable straits with strange bedfellows heartily mangling the Cantonese dialect. Much as I enjoyed the sight of Charlie Young and Kelly Lin wriggling under the sheets with the buff Aaron, these love scenes brought my mind squarely to the incongruity of these beautiful people hiding in rustic Perak.

All which irreversibly diluted a strong outing by the much-missed Patrick Tam.

At heart, After This is a non-story about an under-performing good-for-nothing father and a too –cute son. Under Patrick Tam’s direction, however, the movie is shot majestically and powerfully, sans the stylistic editing that may jot some audiences from Tam’s dramatic storytelling. This is a solid movie, but it may leave some hearts empty with its purposeful under-elucidation. The full impact of the movie, however, hits you hard days after the fact when you reflect on its cruel portrayal of humanity.


Review by Lim Mun Pong


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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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