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Domestic Violence Knows No BordersApr 30, 2012
By J Tate Simon Yam really gives a most compellling performance in this movie about domestic abuse in Hong Kong. Yam plays the unemployed, abusive husband who by the end of the movie seems to become completely unhinged. His wife is from mainland China and gets little help from the HK police because she has not been in Hong Kong long enough to qualify for much assistance. The police basically let her and her two young daughters down miserably. I think this movie was meant to be a revealing portrayal of the realities of spousal abuse in China and in that it succeeds. In reality the story could be occurring anywhere in the world and things would not be a lot different. The mother of the abused woman tells her daughter that all the men in her village in mainland China beat their wives and to try to learn to put up with it!! Brutal, sad and unflinchingly honest. Good acting all around and a believable plot. This movie is along the lines of the Japanese film Blood and Bones except it is more about a small, nuclear family rather than a portrayal of immigrants from a foreign country who live in an abusive family within an immigrant ghetto. A simpler film than Blood and Bones but no less shocking.