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After This Our Exile (2006)

Fu zi (original title)
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.

Director:

Patrick Tam

Writers:

Kai-Leong Tian (screenplay) (as Koi Leong Tian), Patrick Tam (screenplay)
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Cast

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

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

30 November 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

After This Our Exile See more »

Filming Locations:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia See more »

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Budget:

HKD 20,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Leave Myself
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Lyrics by Kwan
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When Vengeance Binds a Father and a Son
9 December 2006 | by samuelding85See all my reviews

The above title explains it all: when vengeance binds a father and a son. That was a Chinese idiom to describe the the fate that binds a father and son together. And this best describes the movie, After This Our Exile.

After migrated to Malaysia, Hong Kong director/scriptwriter Patrick Tam decided to tell a tale of gambling-addicted father (Aaron Kwok, which earns him a Golden Horse Award from Taiwan for Best Actor) and a son (the 9 year old newcomer Gouw Ian Iskandar) who was torn between his father and his mother (Charlie Yeung).

Set in Ipoh, Perak, the story begins with the boy sensing something is amiss when his mother was exceptionally nice to him in a morning before school. He found out that she was preparing to leave the home. He informs his father, and the couple had a quarrel in their neighborhood. She fails to run away.

When the mother told the father that she is leaving him due to his bad temper and gambling addiction, he decided to change. He brought the whole family for a cruise, and yet he goes gambling in the cruise. She left the family this time round, leaving the son and the father to face the problem.

Facing with harassment from the loan sharks and tonnes of unpaid bills, the father seek another alternative to get the money by go gambling in Genting Highlands. (Note: Genting Highlands is a tour/leisure resort in Pahang, Malaysia, where it consist of theme parks, shopping malls and casinos. Popular among Malaysians and Singaporeans.) He lost the money, leaving them with larger debts. To get the money, the father gets the son to steal valuables from their neighbors.

After This Our Exile is a simple yet sad tale about the struggles between a father and the son. The father was struggling from the loss of his wife, constant debts and his gambling addiction. The son was struggling with the life without his mother, which ends up being ripped off from the privilege of continuing his elementary education. This, somehow, truly reflects on what is happening in our society today.

Kwok takes a new exploration on the role of the father, who was short tempered, selfish, and more often, cried over spilled milk. Compared to his previous roles in other features, Kwok has given his fans and audience a new look on his skills for the past decade. Yeung's role as the mother can be added more, for there are rooms in theatrical version, which can explores more on the pains she has been through.

The 9 year old Iskandar was something new for the film. Without any acting backgrounds, he amazes the audience with his fine and innocent acting skills.

While the director's cut gives the audience a fuller view on the story, the theatrical version seems disappointing, for it left the audience with too much space to guess. This has somehow unable to brought up the 'vengence' that binds the father and son together, leaving a bittersweet aftertaste.

After This Our Exile sounds common to some, but it left the audience to re-examine the strained relationship between a father and the son.


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