Innocent (2005)

SIMON CHUNG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.

Canada/Hong Kong, 2005.  Ying E Chi.  Screenplay by Simon Chung.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Simon Chung, .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Film Editing by , .  

A family of four arrive in Toronto from Hong Kong, presumably to visit family, but it isn’t long before the children are told by their parents that the four of them will be sticking around and hopefully making a new life in the city. Frustrated and angry about this violent uprooting, the kids deal with the situation in their own way. Eric, the focus of the film, is having to endure the change of scenery while also sexually coming-of-age, turning his sights on his hunky cousin before finding a dirty old man with whom to enjoy himself, then falling in love with a boy at school. Meanwhile, his family is threatening to fall apart in this new place with its fair share of challenges. The storyline is sincere and the acting is surprisingly effective, but director Simon Chung’s pace is wooden and the low budget shows painfully through; as a short film it would be poignant, while in feature format it is a chore to sit through.

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