After a bar brawl with an off-duty cop, aspiring thug Fan (Neo Yau, Fire Lee's gonzo Robbery) is sentenced to three months in juvenile detention like Hong Kong's Sha Tsui Detention Center, which practices military-style rehabilitation. Insults and abuse are core tenets of the treatment, carried out by the bored, jaded staff, where an occasional true believer lingers among the guards.
It is difficult to imagine that in a world class city like Hong Kong, inhumane treatments of prisoners still exist to this day. In particular, a juvenile detention center that houses 14 to 25 year olds that uses physical and mental abuse of inmates as their core treatment. A place known only to the inmates as “hell on earth”.
Fan, the protagonist, is a young gang member who was sentenced to 3 months at this particular juvenile detention center. After 3 days of abuse from the staff inside, Fan commits suicide. He survives the ordeal and is given hope to see his grandmother one last time before she passes. By submitting and embracing the guards’ abuse, Fan earns his right to be released in record time. Only to witness the mysterious death of his cellmate days before his own release.
Is this the only way to ensure the rehabilitation of our young prisoners? How many more young lives will be ruined if we allow places like this to exist?