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Wonderful movie that had me captivated from the beginning, please find this movie! Very good acting for an Asian movie (lets be honest!), great concept, climatic ending and thought provoking. A great range of characters are employed and the handling of their relationships is sublime. Hopefully the messages of the movie won't be lost to those that check this out, if I could hint at some of what it meant to me I'd say life/people aren't as cut and dry or black and white as many would like to think they are. In many ways there are 'villainous' aspects to all of us and the lines between rage/hate/murder/condescension can blur together. Inhumanity, it seems we have to accept, is rather an intrinsic though unwanted/suppressed potentiality of our nature.
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