Fu Zi (After This Our Exile) Reviews
However, there are still a few things that hold the movie back from being terrific. The editing, although great in some places, gets unnecessarily jerky at points. Sometimes it feels like the movie needs to breathe. The director also makes odd choices in both editing and in how he presents the scene. Some of it makes sense, some it detracts from the story. Some of the best scenes are the ones that stop and reflect. Also the story drags around the middle and some of the characters couldâ??ve used some fleshing out. And although itâ??s integral to the story, the father couldâ??ve been a little less of a selfish asshole. Really, itâ??s almost obnoxious. And I really donâ??t like the sentimental musical score.
Not a bad Hong Kong drama, with some great sequences, performances, and cinematography. And itâ??s an interesting character study, but it gets bogged down by some odd choices, jerky editing, and, well, an asshole.
The kid was exceptional.
Nonetheless, this is a fantastic story with wonderful acting all round, even the cameo roles of the Hotel and Coffee Shop uncles.
It is a REAL story, where the ending is not always a happy one. I liked that it ended the way it did because that's how life is. You can reach a realisation and resolve your emotions without confrontation. Parents make bad decisions sometimes but they are not to be begrudged. They just do the best they can with what they know and their limited understanding of what should be done makes them behave a certain way or make certain decisions. When the decisions made are wrong, pain sometimes follows but then, we just move on.