Synopsis by Mark Deming
Filmmaker Ann Hui examines a marriage gone wrong and shows how love soured into brutal hatred in this drama from Hong Kong. As the film begins, a broadcast journalist is reporting the shocking story of Lee Sum (Simon Yam), a man who killed his wife, Wong Hiu-ling (Zhang Jingchu), and their two children before taking his own life. As the reporter asks friends and neighbors about the case, many who knew the couple in passing say they were certain he was beating her and add that he was known for his harsh personality and short temper. However, a number of those interviewed share information they would not be likely to know about the couple's private life, and as we're granted a look into Lee Sum and Wong Hiu-ling's lives together, a more rounded portrait emerges of a man who was violent but not without virtues, while his wife was not without flaws, though she clearly did not deserve her fate. Tin Shui Wai Dik Ye Yu Mo (aka Night and Fog) was the opening night feature at the 2009 Hong Kong Film Festival.