Fu Zi (After This Our Exile) Reviews
loved the cinematography and the Malaysian background. The furniture in the family house is great, and is already shown with the right lighting, but thought the sex scenes were a bit over the top.
You don't get to see Aaron Kwok performing such role in movies (he has boyish looks, so he doesn't really get serious roles), and look at his face! He's got that loser face in the movie, which suits the character well, and that lavish-foul-mouthed-talking is a typical 'bad father' in Malaysia (no offense, but this is true).
Charlie Yeung features a sick-looking-but-caring mother, trying to 'recover' her mistakes by fleeing from misery, hmm....actually I think the show would be better if she's not in the movie, haha! Sorry Charlie, big fan of yours, but not in this show. (I taut of maybe her role should be a flash back, whereby Aaron Kwok sort of recall his 'happy' times with her, maybe she should be a character which passed away not long, and Aaron is living in misery, that sort of stuff, haha!)
The son is the center role, the heart of the show. The word 'Ah Boy' is a typical calling for 'son' in Malaysia. I think the son should get the awards more, haha!
I don't really like the editing, its jumpy, should have polished it better.
Other than that, I think its quite a good show for an independent film.
It feels kinda draggy and boring at times, knowing that the story is not going anywhere except to show the extent of how bad the dad can be. And how the son is still sticking to the dad no matter what. Think this movie is over-hyped. To think this has won golden horse award for best actor, best supporting actor and best film.
Set those aside, the resemblence between the grown-up son and aaron kwok is uncanny!
The plot crawls along like mucus dripping from sick cow's nose, which might still be more entertaining than wasting 2.5 hours watching Fu Zi. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed. I can't believe this thing won awards.
One star for the son, for managing to overact and still appear somewhat adoreable, half a star for the unnecessary, gratuitous sex scene for managing to be graphic without showing any tits or ass. Bravo!