After This Our Exile

After This Our Exile (父子, literally Father-Son) is a 2006 Hong Kong drama film directed by Patrick Tam. A critical hit, the film won both the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film and the Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film awards, as well as netting Aaron Kwok his second consecutive win for the Golden Horse Award for Best Actor, after having won the award for his performance in Divergence the previous year.

After This Our Exile
International poster
Directed byPatrick Tam
Written byPatrick Tam
Tian Koi-leong
Produced byChiu Li-kuang
Eric Tsang
Yu Dong
StarringAaron Kwok
Charlie Yeung
Gouw Ian Iskandar
CinematographyPin Bing Lee
Edited byPatrick Tam
Music byRobert Ellis-Geiger
Vision Films
Polybona Films
Black & White Films
Release date
  • 30 November 2006 (2006-11-30)
Running time
121 minutes
CountryHong Kong


In hopeless pursuit of happiness, Shing (Aaron Kwok) 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 wife Lin (Charlie Yeung). Shing's machoistic ego over-rides 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 (Goum Ian Iskandar).

Hoping in vain to pay back loansharks, 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 movie runs for 121 minutes, but a 159 minutes long director's cut has been released in Hong Kong. The director's cut was also shown at the Asia Society in New York City on Friday, 20 July 2007, as a part of the Asian American International Film Festival.

Awards and nominationsEdit

1st Rome Film Festival

  • Competition Section

11th Busan International Film Festival

  • Official Selection

Tokyo International Film Festival

  • Best Artistic Contribution
  • Best Asian Film

10th Toronto Reel Asian International Festival

  • Opening Film

43rd Golden Horse Awards

  • Won: Best Feature Film
  • Won: Best Actor (Aaron Kwok)
  • Won: Best Supporting Actor (Gouw Ian Iskandar)
  • Nominated: Best New Performer
  • Nominated: Best Original Screenplay
  • Nominated: Best Cinematography
  • Nominated: Best Makeup & Costume Design

26th Hong Kong Film Awards

  • Won: Best Picture
  • Won: Best Director (Patrick Tam)
  • Won: Best Supporting Actor (Gouw Ian Iskandar)
  • Won: Best Screenplay
  • Won: Best New Performer (Gouw Ian Iskandar)
  • Nominated: Best Actor (Aaron Kwok)
  • Nominated: Best Supporting Actress (Kelly Lin)
  • Nominated: Best Cinematography
  • Nominated: Best Editing


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