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Movie Review: After This Our Exile

Submitted by on July 19, 2010 – 17:09No Comment

When I first read the synopsis of this film, I half expected it to be another silly movie (you know, one of those that has a sad title but being presented in the lamest comedy that equals to jackass) but I was surprisingly engaged to the screen as the first scene of After This Our Exile unfolds. It didn’t run across my mind that this award-winning film could be different from the many I have watched. No wonder it successfully won a couple of awards during the 2007 Asian Awards season. It was simply intelligent! Definitely one of the best Father & Son story in the entertainement industry. I truly encourage families to watch this because as the credit rolls up, your heart will somehow be overwhelmed with gratitude for the people you love the most – your family.

Filmed in Malaysia, heartthrob Aaron Kwok slipped effortlessly into the role of Shing, a Chinese violent man who has insecurity issues, thus manifesting it upon his loved ones. He lives with his girlfriend and they have a son named Ah Boy. A poor man trying to make a living by working as a chef, Shing is first and foremost a fulltime gambler, before a father, resulting in huge debts with the local loansharks and the runaway of his girl. With nothing left but Ah Boy, Shing tries to strive through day by day with the little money he can get hold off – even if it means forcing his son to be a thief.

In this story, we get to see a different side of Aaron Kwok (compared to the many superhero, prince charming movies which he has been staring in). In After This Our Exile, a darker side of him is being portrayed, which I have yet to see in any production previously. He is aggresive, violent, rude and loud – and maybe a little clumsy – but definitely charming in a more rugged and realistic way. I actually felt sympathetic towards his character at the end of the movie, which is totally unexpected. (Would would be sympathetic towards a father who abuses his wife and forces his son to be a thief?)

A beautifully shot movie to begin with, the message of the story is even more beautiful. Subtle but beautiful. Director Patrick Tam successfully teleports me (the audience) into the tough lives of lower working class Chinese ethnic in Malaysia. The melodrama is draggy and slow but necessary to enhance the lifestyle of this working class to perfectly bring out the authenticity of the story. A perfect warp into one of the local culture we often overlooked.

A well deserved award winning film recommended to all Malaysians in the world. Don’t press the FastForward button halfway through; It’s the art that counts!

Note: Reviews are based on foundations stated HERE.

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