Written and directed by Edmond Pang Ho-Cheung, Beyond our
Ken takes us on a wild adventure through the streets of Hong
Kong and explores a cruel perverted love triangle. Ken, played
by Daniel Wu, is a fireman whose goal is to “rescue” as
many women as possible. When ex-girlfriend Chan, played by
Gillian Chung, confronted his current girlfriend Shirley, played
by Hong Tao, with the nude photos and accused Ken of posting
them, Shirley is initially unconvinced.
Chan shows her the Web site, and convinces Shirley that Ken is
the sleazy dirt bag she was hoping he wasn’t. The girls
compare notes of Ken’s bad habits and realize that at one
point he had used the same pick-up line, using his firefighter
job as an excuse to rescue both of the girls.
The girls join forces concocting plans to get Ken’s keys,
get into his house, and remove the photos from his computer.
When the girls finally break into his computer, they find more
than they could ever have expected to find.
The plotline is full of action even though some of the scenes
are a little melodramatic and slow. Initially, this story seems
to be just about Ken and his vast array of girlfriends, and how
the two girls are going to get revenge. But the realistic story
line reveals an even darker twist at the end. There are clues
to the realization of the truth in the many flashbacks that suggest
why Ken dumped Chan to begin with.
The plot seems obvious enough to have a predictable ending, but
this one ends with a dark realization of reality as the girls
reveal the true nature of their characters. The film plays a
lot with the theme that “A prince never mistreats a princess;
if he does, then he is not a real prince,” brought up in
Ken’s conversations with both girls. In the end the girls
realize that there are no real princes, only jerks, and we along
with the girls, realize there are no real princesses, only witches.
This excellent film, twisted to the end, is a must see.