A new teacher comes to the school for the deaf, and while trying to earn the trust of the kids, he soon discovers that the children have been both mentally and physically abused. A human rights activist helps him to uncover the truth.
Let me go straight to the point: do not watch this movie. Erh... I mean you MUST watch it!
I should have known better when at 1m13s they said "This movie is an adaptation of a novel about an actual case that happened". I recently watched I Saw the Devil but nope, I hadn't. Now I have.
It's very difficult to write a critic without spoiling anything...
I picked it up because Gong Yu's acting striked me in Coffee Prince; while that was a very average drama, he broke the screen for me. Well, he didn't let me down. He's the kind of actor that can express volumes with the smallest facial expressions. His character wasn't the main focus of this movie but he played it flawlessly and did not steal the show unduly.
Now I HATED the bad guys with quite a lot of disgust; aka the actors were stunning! They disturbed me so much I found myself hugging my blanket tightly. True story.
The plot is about child abuse in a school for hearing impaired... I was not ready for the amount of trauma that was going to be thrown at me.
The first half of the movie focuses on the events that happened (just a small glimpse of them), and will make you feel squeamish. I mean sure it was tough and dark, and I was expecting that, but it took it a notch... every time I thought "woah that was intense", the next scene was worse. Until I broke. Until I, myself, wanted to tear them apart.
The second half then follows the trial that ensued, and the game of influence that took place. I'm not sure which of the first or second half disgusted me the most.
Ultimately, there was one sentence uttered in passage at the end of the movie that gave the struggle sense: "It's not about changing the world, it's about not letting the world change us."
This was the saddest movie i have ever seen. Anything that has to do with child abuse is hard to swallow. Even if it is just a movie. But the saddest thing about this movie was, it's based on a true story. And the people that actually committed these terrible crimes, basically walked away with a slap on the wrist. The cast was amazing. Especially the children in this movie. The children were amazing, their acting abilities were amazing and they will go far in this industry. The director did an amazing job telling this story and i know it got through to a lot of people.