- Director: Layla Zhuqing Ji
- Writer: Layla Zhuqing Ji
- Producer: Layla Zhuqing Ji; Aron Koh; Nikki Tok; Ying Yang
The bullies and the bullied...always a hard watch...and, this is no exception.
This is dichotomy heaven...or, hell. Rich kid, poor kid, clever kid, stupid kid, straight kid, gay kid, good kid, bad kid...a bully and the bullied, a killer and the killed. It doesn't take long before you know who is who...this is an investigation as to why the killing happened.
Xianjun Fu delivers a startling performance...pity the same can't be said about two of his tormentors - goonish to the nth degree, an unfortunate and unnecessary blight to the film as a whole. That aside...the dichotomies continue with the [opposing] mothers and a subplot showing that girls are just a competent at bullying as boys. Gawd...these kids are cruel...and, incredibly stupid. They film themselves torturing their victims - what has happened to our society? Layla Zhuqing Ji doesn't hold back on either her opinion or her judgment.
Tradition gets it, family gets it, China gets it, Smart phones get it. A bleak, tragic and horrifying film, incredibly well-made ...apart from those two goons!
When both the victim's mother and the murderer's mother find out about the unknown sides of their sons, they have some tough decisions to make in this 'We Media Era.' What we see may be the facts, but not necessarily the truth.