After This Our Exile

  • February 28, 2014
  • Editor: Tracy Zhu
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After This Our Exile
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After This Our Exile, a Hong Kong film directed by Patrick Tama in 2006, painstakingly tells the story of a deadbeat father's decline in fortune.

In a hopeless pursuit of happiness, Shing, played by Hong Kong pop idol Aaron Kwok who's trying to become a serious actor, is a man who desperately attempts to hold on to the dwindling threads of his family. Once a man who had a dream, Shing has become a deadbeat gambler whose marriage is failing with his wife Lin. Shing's masochistic ego overrides any reasonable logic for change, which forces Lin to leave Shing repeatedly. After finally managing to escape, Shing is left with nothing but his son, Lok-Yun, played by Goum Ian Iskandar.

Hoping in vain to pay back loan sharks, Shing turns to his loving son, Lok-Yun, who has somehow retained his filial loyalty. In his most desperate hour, Shing forces his struggle of survival onto his son, Lok-Yun, through thievery and tests the strength of loyalty and the boundaries of trust in their father-son relationship. With each passing day, the bond of love is threatened with Shing's unrepentant ways.

The film has won awards in the first Rome Film Festival, the 11th Pusan International Film Festival, 'Best Artistic Contribution' and 'Best Asian Film' awards in the Tokyo International Film Festival, 10th Toronto Reel Asian International Festival, and 'Best Feature Film' in the 43rd Golden Horse Awards. Aaron Kwok, a won 'Best Actor' and Gouw Ian Iskandar won 'Best Supporting Actor' at the 43rd Golden Horse Awards.

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