After This Our Exile is the English translation to this wonderful movie entitled 'Fu zi' (which means father in Chinese). It is directed by writer-director Patrick Tam.
This movie are starred by actor Aaron Kwok (father), actress Charlie Yeung (mother), and the 9-year old boy, newcomer Gouw Ian Iskandar.
In my opinion, this movie's storyline is very simple, but it touches your heart deeply as it deals with something very close to everybody.
Most Malaysians were surprised to see that the movie is set in Malaysia (in the city of Perak, Ipoh to be exact), vividly portraying the scenery & the culture of the warm Malaysia. The slang is quite entertaining to hear too as Malaysians are well-known to speak Bahasa Rojak (mixed up language which contains different slangs & language in dialogues i.e mixture of English + Hokkien + Mandarin. It is commonly used, but not for formal functions). Kudos to the director for the extra detail taken in this respect! The story is about a family, with Dad being a gambler, harassed by Ah Long (illegal money-lender who gives out loan & ask for a much higher amount than the debt given) & a strained relationship with his wife & son. Mom, on the other hand, was not happy anymore to be with Dad, as Dad constantly beat up Mom, & Mom wasn't able to live with the no-gooder husband. Then there's the Kid, the central of the entire movie.
I enjoyed watching the entire 1 hour 55 minute of this movie as it touches my heart deeply. Patrick Tam is a genius as he directs the movie in a more realistic way, instead of portraying it like the Hollywood, which is too unrealistic at times. The movie starts with "You are my sunshine, making me happy when skies are grey..." It's very touching. No, seriously. You are heartless if you don't at least feel sympathy to any of these characters.
I believe many Malaysians would want to see more of this movie, especially TMalaya users. :-)
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