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EXODUS (Cheut Ai Kup Gei) (HK)


Genre: Drama
Starring: Simon Yam, Annie Liu, Nick Cheung, Irene Wan, Maggie Siu
Director: Edmond Pang
Rating: M18 (Some Sexual Scenes)
Year Made: 2007








Languages: Chinese/Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: -
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins
Region Code: 3




While taking a statement from Kwan Ping-Man (Nick Cheung), who is apprehended for peeping in a woman's restroom, Tsim Kin Yip (Simon Yam) learns that a secret group of women are out to kill men. When night falls, Tsim receives a call informing him that the statement was missing. However, when Tsim takes a statement from Kwan the second time, he pleads guilty instantly. Tsim becomes suspicious and decides to investigate, only to discover that his wife is also involved.


The secret syndicate of the femme fatales that systematically getting rid of the male population for the belief that men are the cause of all trouble. Sound absurd? The beauty of this movie, much like the Japanese movie Battle Royale, utilizes the absurd concept to reflect on the things that happening in reality.

In Exodus case, the “absurdness” is used to exemplify the common problem between a male and female relationship. It shows some plausible causes and reasons of relationships going sour while presenting a fair perspective for both sides.

For the male perspective, it presented how when a guy is passionate about certain issue, he could neglect the other half completely. Although it might paint the insensitive side of the male species, it does give valid reasons for guys to behave in such manner. It also reveals the vulnerable side of a man and how he also needs a listening ear for his trouble to share his trouble.

For the female viewpoint, Exodus presented the vengeful nature of female in an exaggerated manner but in a humorous way, it effectively captures the reasons for their disappointment and anger against male. It also sarcastic also implied how woman could easily hide behind their crime with their frailty and tears that made the whole idea of the female killers syndicate even more plausible.

Both perspectives are effectively presented by Simon Yam and Annie Liu as a model couple with “trivial” problems of their own. Both actors engage the viewers to follow the trivial pursuits effortlessly with their charms and good looks. They are well supported by a number of actors such as Maggie Siu (as the potential head of the female killers syndicate), the foul mouth suspected peeping tom who discover the syndicate (Nick Cheung) and his ex wife (Irene Wan). Particularly the appearance of both Simon Yam and Irene Wan in Exodus revokes memories of their last performance together in a movie when they were the main stars for the Hong Kong Category III movie, "All of a Sudden".

There are plenty of subtle moments littered all over Exodus that are wickedly funny as it touches on the issues of relationship blues. There are also some scenes that emit a different view while re-watching it. It’s much like certain moments in The Usual Suspects that a certain scene might show one emotion during the first viewing and another during the repeated viewing.

Exodus is one of the best movies that received a straight to video treatment in Singapore. Although Edmond Pang’s movies seldom receive the mass popularity in theatrical runs locally, his sense of dark humor and wittiness are often sharp and accurate observations of things that happen in real life that makes his film a notch better than other trashy film that’s out from the same region. Give Exodus a try and if you like it, chances are that you will like all other Edmond Pang’s movies too.




The only good thing about this dvd is that it comes with the original canto track.



Review by Richard Lim Jr


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