Brutally realistic, deadly in real life, recommended for everyone
That is, recommended for every wife whose hubby is going to China for
The literal translation of the title of this movie is: Cell Phone.
The original intent of the film crew was to make a social satire, or
light hearted social critic work, but the result were totally out of
expectation and got out of hand.
Although the story itself is a fake, but identical and similar
incidents happens way too frequently in real life, and in fact, that is
main reason why this movie was made.
What got out of control was that many wives in real life strongly
believe that their husbands cheats exactly like the one in the movie
and these wives checks the messages of their husbands' cell phones to
find out if there is any messages or calls from the possible
mistresses, and many cheating husbands were caught this way in real
life, whether it was real relationship with real mistresses, or virtual
reality distant relationship via internet and wireless network (The
latter is also considered cheating by Chinese).
Another of the problem this movie was blamed by husbands and boyfriends
was that even if it is proved that the guys were not cheating, the
wives or girlfriends still check their husbands' or boyfriends' cell
phone because such inspection prevent cheating from happening, serving
as a deterrent, and when guys tried to delete the messages in their
cell phone like the husbands in the movie, the girlfriends or wives
only believed that they were trying to hide their cheating like the
wife in the movie.
Obviously, such behaviors created a lot of problems in real life and
this movie was blamed (mostly by man, while it is cheered by most
The debate is still raging on until this day.
The unexpected problems caused by this movie was not only limited to
China, Taiwan suffered also when this movie was aired, and many couples
broke up as a result. There are others who went bankrupt. For example,
a construction contractor's wife was so suspicious that she checked on
every potential customer who made calls to her hubby's cell phone and
many got fed up and took their business elsewhere, and as a result, the
contractor went bankrupt.
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