Co-produced by filmmakers from Japan and Hong Kong, The Murder of Osio is seemingly a low-budget thriller with a strong sense of realism. Yet it wondrously manages to portray young people regardless of geographical or generational differences. In a small town, a gang of four feckless young men works at a company that belongs to a member’s uncle. These distinct personalities all face their explicit and implicit problems, such as bullying, sexual abuse, class issues and family problems. Eventually their helpless existence is about to reach a boiling point. Behind the mysterious murder, the story’s real focus is on the young generation’s hopelessness and loneliness. Their environment turns their desire for affection into a distortion of humanity. That has manifested in the violence of everyday life and the trap of fate. Although this production is limited by the lack of monetary resources, the film is complemented by its exquisite images and the multiple narrative viewpoints. The subtle agony of its characters establish their inexplicable detachment, while the editing and musical score slyly echoes the core of this uncompromising picture.
Busan International Film Festival 2019 selection
South Taiwan Film Festival 2019 selection