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Games mind play

entertainment Updated: Jul 11, 2008 18:40 IST
Shruti Moghe
Shruti Moghe
Hindustan Times
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Over-indulgence kills. It occupies the mind and body, captures ones life and finally ends it all. Director Pang Ho-Cheung has tried to vindicate this fact through Exodus. And has been successful in conveying the meaning, if not the whole idea completely.

Exodus, a story based in Hong Kong, is about a policeman who convicts a man for voyeurism. The peeping tom gets caught sneaking into a women's loo and eavesdropping the conversation. While giving his statement to the policeman, the peep tom gives a psychopathic logic of his action. He thinks that all the women on this earth always conspire to kill men. And he, in order to know their intentions, did, what he did.

The weird logic given by the convict somehow seeps into the mind of the cop, and he becomes curious, so much so that he finds himself believing it. This urgency to believe his convict leads to his overindulgence in the case, which otherwise would have been of some lesser intensity. The protagonist ends up stalking the convict's wife and getting physical with her, while sidelining his very own wife. He ruins his own life, with the case remaining unsolved. The convict disappears into thin air, as the movie nears ending.

The philosophy given by the convict however appears to be true, for the policeman gets killed. Courtesy, his wife.

It's the subtle yet a blatant end that appeals the most. The film, Exodus (Cheut ai kup gei in Chinese), depicts human psyche of indulging into something too much, to an extent where everything else important, family and job for that matter, becomes redundant. Also, the film exemplifies how a dedicated policeman strays from his path, which could have given him a better life and travels a road to death.