Published Nov/Dec 2018 issue of ArtAsiaPacific. To read the full article, visit the magazine's Digital Library.
“Although the premise of the film—ultimately an inverse of Tai Kwun’s own history—is intriguing, its plot is mostly powered by saccharine, pseudo-philosophical ruminating (“So what kind of prison do you want to live in?” “How [sic] does your ideal prison look like?”) with inclusions of quotes by Albert Camus, clips of past riots in Hong Kong and even sly in-jokes about contemporary art . . . Another reading of the film, with its profuse footage of Tai Kwun’s grounds, is as an advertisement, thinly veiled as a documentary, on the complex’s history as a colonial police station, court and jail.”