Dying to Survive (2018)
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Higher drug price -> Companies gets more money -> More drug researched -> better drug produced and the old drug price drop. It is a chain of the free market in theory.However, that's why the theory is always in theory.
Yes we will finally get the market balance of the drug price when the drug matches the average buying power. However, how many people would die before and after it? Can we really put the lives and souls onto the balance?
Was it worth it? (Yes you are right, I am playing Frostpunk:)
It starts with A middle-aged man with his father in need of his money for operation, his wife planning to take away his child. This man accidentally was introduced to a man with serious cancer who asked his help to smuggle Indian drug to save his life to replace the Swiss extremely expensive one that he cannot afford.
He gradually "imported" and got his first capital from this business. However as he understood more about the truth, he went to his self redemption road and earned himself "the god of cancer drug"...
Quite similar to the Attorney from Korean...but more fun to watch and more releastic in most plots...
Pharmaceutical companies, mostly western ones holds a monopoly position in the industry and claims that the high costs is needed to fund research of new medicine. How much of that is true is to be debated. Especially when most pharmaceutical companies are listed in the stock exchange, one is left to wonder why the funds for research cannot be collected through stock and shares. And the assumption is easily made that most of the money goes directly as profit into the pockets of the management. Earning money over the bodies of others as they say....
Well done of these chinese film producers to make this issue go public and open for debate, and many other countries should be ashamed for not addressing this subject. The movie is very raw and well shot, with some comedic elements and some very emotional scenes. All of the actors brought their A game and it made you feel as if you were watching a documentary instead of dramatic version of the story which is based on real event.
The overal message is clear, sometimes one have no choice to go against the mainstream, in order to do some good. For all the people concerned they meant well.
And there is no less touching my heart in this movie. All the characters are believable. None of them is perfect, all of them are plain mediocre, some even "bad" on an average scale. However, they show such a harmony and understanding among all of them, you see a unity that quiet but enduring.
The main character went through a rough road of emotional change through the incidents. The moment he came back and decided on the price of the medicine, I saw something in his eye. Something that only someone believes can have. Everything after that is just continuation of that moment, driving by the same belief all these people have.
And who are these people that have such a power after all? I ask myself. Well, my answer is simple, it is everyone, including you and me. Just when we believe.
Synopsis: Yong (courage in Chinese) is a medicine smuggler who illegally smuggled fake cancer medicines from India. Nevertheless for thousands of poor patients who could never afford the same effect real pills from Germany, his "business" provided them the only hope to live on. So is he an IP criminal or is he a human savor? Which should we obey, the external law or our own conscience?
Get ready for some tears and laughter! This film is bitter sweet.
I witnessed one of the worst movies of all time. You can't blame a movie for receiving overwhelming public attention but this clearly shows the demise of the movie industry as such movies can be produced and marketed just because of the exploitation of the social issues, and audiences getting revenge and amplify the message with their own means. Engineering the marketing of overrated films became the norm. Most of these pictures are not even worth a second view. This one doesn't even deserve to be watched.
I have no complaint on the acting. But simply it is a bit odd to see the male lead, usually acting in comedy, to do such a serious film. Excellent plot. Reveal not only problem in China, but the greed of multi national drug company. Hope there are more movies reflecting the dark side of China on the way. Hope more care could be given to disabled and sick minorities in China. Movies of this kind can push the advancement of a country.