Shu-Wei is a high school student who is constantly bullied by his classmates. After being framed with stealing his class money, he his forced to perform community chores along with his main persecutors. Shu-Wei begins slowly to be accepted into the group after joining them in their various misdeeds. During a bulgary they come across a flesh-eating monster which they are forced to capture in order to avoid being found by the autorities. As the others are trying to find a way to benefit from their captured creature, Shu-Wei will question the morality of society as well as his ownWritten by
You really have to understand Asian/Chinese/Taiwanese cinema and culture to appreciate this film. The main idea is this: who is the real monster: a monster who eats to live, or humans who delight in tormenting others? As someone who was bullied in school, I appreciate this film. A monster made a monster through no fault of her own, trying to survive, versus teenage humans who take great joy in tormenting and hurting others. Who, indeed, is the real monster? And, what can turn a good person into a monster? Is there redemption for such a person? Do parents create monsters in their children? This is a great film if you understand themes in Asian cinema. Keep in mind that it is magical realism, like many Asian films. It is both in reality, and in a fantasy world. It is both a story, and an allegory. It touches many themes in Asian culture, too many to list here. If you are willing to explore the rich world of Asian cinema and culture, then you will enjoy the hell out of this masterpiece. If you approach it from a Western horror movie mindset, then you might not like it.
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