After his mother flees the family home, a son turns to thieving in order to support his father, an abusive sort who is addicted to gambling.



(screenplay) (as Koi Leong Tian), (screenplay)
17 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Moon to (2007)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A special agent has for 8 years been deep undercover in Asia's lucrative organized crime trade as he plays protégé to one of the key players, Banker. Nick now has but he has started to feel loyalty to his new environment, and to the money.

Director: Tung-Shing Yee
Stars: Andy Lau, Daniel Wu, Louis Koo
Hon zin (2012)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The police department has long been untouchable until tonight when hijackers kidnap 5 highly trained officers. Cryptic messages from the hijackers expose a mole within the task force.

Directors: Lok Man Leung, Kim-Ching Luk
Stars: Aaron Kwok, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Charlie Yeung
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The murder of a to-be step-mom is being prosecuted with apparently clinching evidence. The father holds his accused daughter innocent. The faithful driver and his seemingly sly, amorous wife are involved. Further differing evidence spouts.

Director: Xing Fei
Stars: Sicheng Chen, Jiajia Deng, Zihan Ji
Saat yan faan (2009)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A Hong Kong-set mystery centered on a detective who has been framed for a series of gruesome murders.

Director: Roy Hin Yeung Chow
Stars: Aaron Kwok, Janine Chun-Ning Chang, Siu-Fai Cheung
Duo ming jin (2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Terence Yin, Philip Keung
Hing dai (2007)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Sung Kee Chiu
Stars: Zhiwen Wang, Yi Huang, Rongguang Yu
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Human nature begins where truth ends Welcome to the murder without a body

Director: Philip Yung
Stars: Aaron Kwok, Elaine Jin, Patrick Tam
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A con-team couple (Andy Lau & Rene Liu) head west after taking a city businessman for his BMW. But an encounter with a naive young carpenter travelling home with his life savings challenges their fate as thieves.

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: Andy Lau, Rene Liu, Baoqiang Wang
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A depressed, obese woman tries to lose weight in order to win back her ex-boyfriend with the help of a fellow Hong Konger whom she met in Japan.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Rikiya Kurokawa
Ah Foo (2000)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After a 13-year imprisonment in Hong Kong, a kickboxer challenges the current champion in order to restore his honor.

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Andy Lau, Takako Tokiwa, Inthira Charoenpura
Daai zek lou (2003)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Andy Lau, Cecilia Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Months after the events of the original film, Ming suspects a police superintendent as being a new mole for the triads, while years earlier, Yan embarks on his first mission.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Andy Lau, Leon Lai


Cast overview, first billed only:
Chow Cheung-sheng
Lee Yuk-lin (as Charlie Young)
Ian Iskandar Gouw ...
Lok Yun
Ha Je (as Hai Lu Qin)
Chow Lok-yun - young adult
Kam Weng Mok
Yee Swee Tam
Wai Chang ...
(as Kong Heen Chang)
Guai Yuen Mak
Chit-Man Chan ...
Strong Man (as Lester Chan)
Jun Hoe Thai
Allen Lin ...
Sick boy's father (as Yi Lun Lin)
School bus driver


After his mother flees the family home, a son turns to thieving in order to support his father, an abusive sort who is addicted to gambling.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 November 2006 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

After This Our Exile  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


HKD 20,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (director's cut) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Referenced in Lik goo lik goo dui dui pong (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Exile in Paradise? Not Quite, But Close
4 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

In a surprising twist of linguistics, the English name for Patrick Tam's latest carries a much deeper sense of atmosphere and tragedy than the simple Chinese title, translated more or less as "father". Well, a formal expression of the concept "father", but quite obvious either way.

And if one thing it isn't, that's obvious, for Exile serves as an adept reminder that even the most straightforward of stories may require multiple runs to fully appreciate.

Tam did items like Love Massacre in the past, and hasn't been much of a prolific artist in almost twenty years. This new release, rumored and talked about for over two , gives the director a respectable shot at a comeback, even though it probably isn't what he was going for, nor is it, frankly, the most astounding, earth-shattering drama to ever grace the silver screen.

But it is a sensible, intriguing affair, with quite excellent cinematography, a goodie bag's worth of various ingredients and an at least seldom-visited location setting.

Exile further depicts lean pop star Aaron Kwok in a superb melodramatic turn which has one regularly thinking to themselves, "now that's acting". Just for that kind of pondering about him, Exile surely has merit.

It further puts forth Charlie Yeung (Seven Swords, New Police Story) as Kwok's troubled life partner, with the couple, A Sheng and Lin, entering the stage as two Cantonese speakers (presumably from HK although that much is never revealed) in Malaysia. Kwok's character works as a cook in a restaurant, while Yeung depicts a homemaker, taking care of son Boy (Gouw Ian Iskandar). Something's amiss from the get go as Lin tries to get away from an abusive, yet strangely loving, relationship with her significant other, all superimposed over landscapes Tam and crew make clear are quite homey and comfortable.

For a minute there Exile veers close to the wave of cinematic psychedelia that came out of East Asia (and mainland China in particular) over the late 90's and early 2000's, with a flickering mood of non-place and slow, thoughtful unfolding of events to challenge those who didn't get enough sleep the night before.

However, this makes room for a more realistic mindset quite early. Lin indeed makes her escape, leaving Sheng and Boy to fend for themselves as we slowly witness them deteriorate further toward destitution in a pretty but cruel realm where, despite being surrounded by others, they are inevitably alone. Kwok does his job with flying colors, convincing us throughout that he's this lonely, well-meaning character that's so tragic for simply being completely unfit for the world in which we live. No matter what the guy does he can't get a break, from his crumbling family to bad debts that won't go away.

Everyone else doesn't seriously measure up to Aaron, with Yeung doing her best but ultimately failing to impress. She's OK, yet we like her a lot better in urban, rather than urbane, roles. Some supporting love comes via Qin Hailu (Durian Durian and the masterful Chicken Poets) as Lin's KTV lounge friend and boss. What ruins her appearance in Exile is the horrible Cantonese dub they slapped over her Putonghua lines, hence a reduction to a stand-in sideshow.

Our beloved Kelly Lin has returned at long last from her own mini exile, looking so different and mature we barely recognized the graceful lady. Sadly none of the bubbly Martial Angels stuff from back in the day here. She plays a prostitute granting Sheng temporary relief and haunting memories at the same time. And although appropriately emotional and chilling while engaged with him, Kelly's persona also ends up in a dead end much like most everyone in the film, leaving Aaron to carry it all himself.

Even the kid, Boy (Iskandar) doesn't pack too much punch despite showing promise. We wish him every success in the future, but feel there was more that could have been done with his role. As it stands, you feel for him in the few occasions where he starts to (quite genuinely) cry, yet not a lot beyond.

Exile, overall, can be touching at times and certainly there's those that'll find it very moving. It doesn't overwhelm with sheer sentiment, though, leaving its assets clear: firstly, there's Aaron in a prize appearance. Then, the mesmerizing Malaysian landscapes. Finally, that English title just compels one to reflect on what it all means. Taken in that context, After This Our Exile thrusts itself forward, defying a seemingly almost banal story and non-descript characters. Additionally, Tam makes sure to incorporate saucy adult elements like love scenes (not overdone) and language. In fact, more F-bombs here than in any other HK film we can recall recently.

This humanity is definitely a driving force, but not enough for grand success. Ergo, after all this isn't our latest classic, but it sure should be on your winter viewing list.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page