Stills of "After This Our Exile"
Courtesy of Shaw
Awards and nominations:
- Competition Section
International Film Festival
- Official Selection
International Film Festival
- Best Artistice Contribution
- Best Asian Film
Reel Asian International Festival
- Opening Film
Golden Horse Awards
- Best Feature Film Nomination
- Best Actor Nomination
- Best Supporting Actor Nomination
- Best New Performer Nomination
- Best Original Screenplay Nomination
- Best Cinematography Nomination
- Best Makeup & Costume Design Nomination
Drama Director: Patrick Tam Starring: Charlie Yeung, Aaron Kwok, Kelly
Lin, Qin Hai Lu, Valen Hsu RunTime: - Released By: Shaw Rating: M18 (Scene of Intimacy) Official website: http://www.focusfilms.cc/teaser/atoe.htm
Opening Day: 7 December 2006
Good looks. Charming. A ladies man. Male buddies looked up
to him… Not anymore. He is a shadow of the man he once
was. A man past his prime, he has gambled it all away. He
is down and out. And he is a father to a son who is smart
and loves him dearly – though he may not always understand
why his father hurts his mother so.
when his mother plots to leave his father, the son informs
the father and caused his mother to be violently beaten and
locked up. Soon, his mother schemes to leave again and the
son is left alone with his father. With his growing addiction
on gambling, the father makes a thief out of his son. The
son resists but is no match to his father’s cajoling
son was finally caught and sent to a juvenile detention centre.
While his father visited him, he bites off his father’s
ear, marking the complete loss of innocence.
years later, the son returns to his hometown and sees someone
who resembles his father – they did not meet. Both father
and son walks away in different directions.
are convinced that the jury at Golden Horse Awards has a thing
for crying men.
you had caught Aaron Kwok’s award-winning performance
in Benny Chan’s Divergence last year, you’d remember
the scene where the 42-year-old good-looker breaking down
in his car, letting all gears (and tears!) go loose, upon
knowing that his girlfriend might have died.
his latest work, Kwok sheds those manly tears again, and presto,
he gets a consecutive Best Actor award.
this Patrick Tam-directed feature set in Malaysia, the singer-actor
plays a never-do-well man who repeatedly disappoints his girlfriend
of many years. When she decides to leave him to pursue a better
future, he is left with his son. And following that is a series
of unfortunate and bittersweet events which will change both
of their lives forever.
first 30-odd minutes of the movie introduces us to some melodrama,
where you hear non-stop squabbling between Kwok and his on-screen
wife played by the vulnerable Charlie Yeung. Just as those
scenes were getting on our nerves, we are led into a gradually
despaired world where father and son have to live with each
there on, the mood of the film begins to slow down –
a lot. That is couple with some interesting editing done by
Tam himself. You see, Tam has worked on movies like Wong Kar
Wai’s Days of Being Wild (1991) and Ashes of Time (1994).
That clearly explains the rather unconventionally-paced style
of editing here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
when a stylized method of editing meets such a bittersweet
storyline, it may not work for some of us. But it still clinched
the Best Picture prize at the recent Golden Horse Awards anyway.
not be mistaken that we are dissing this well-made picture,
because the film is still very watch-able with its gorgeous
visuals and the cast’s fine performances.
Shot in several Malaysian states, viewers from this side of
the globe will be familiar with the rustic and worn-down structures
in the movie. Brands and words like “Singer”,
“Bus Sekolah” and “Restoran” will
appeal to the nostalgic in you. Throw in some lush and rich-colored
lighting – and you’d have a film with cinematography
that is nothing short of mesmerizing.
familiar with Asian stars would spot people enjoy the performances
from Kwok and Yeung (from Hong Kong), Valen Hsu (from Taiwan)
and Qin Hailu (from China). It is interesting to see non-Malaysians
course, the director would want to tug some heartstrings by
casting a dow-eyed little boy in the role of the suffering
son. 9-year-old Gouw Ian Iskandar was the chosen one, and
he was also awarded with a Best Supporting Actor prize at
the recent Golden Horse Awards.
know what they say, child actors always work.
a few false endings, the film concludes with an appropriate
message, and a bittersweet one at that. It will jolt your
memory back to the first shot, where a female voice sings
in the background: “You are my sunshine… Please
don’t take my sunshine away.”
that’s where you realize that maybe life isn’t
a bed of roses after all.
(A visually enticing picture with a moving story to tell –
but it could do with a little more heart)