Inspired by a horrific criminal case in East China's Fujian Province involving the murder of a family of four, Chinese film The Mysterious Family will hit big screens across the mainland on Friday, the production company behind the movie, Hengye Film, announced on Tuesday during the ongoing Beijing International Film Festival.
The film is South Korean director Park Yu-hwan's latest work in China and stars Taiwan actress Ariel Lin, mainland actor Jiang Wu and Kara Wai, who was just crowned Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards on April 9.
The story begins with a peaceful and happy family of four whose lives are changed forever when the family's young daughter Miaomiao (Lin) is sexually assaulted.
Tragedy strikes again, when a happy family dinner on Christmas Eve becomes a nightmare after everyone except Miaomiao is brutally murdered.
As Miaomiao tries to discover the truth behind her family's death, she ends up uncovering a secret hidden from her by her family that is connected to her sexual assault.
"If our laws can give harsher punishments for sexual assault and if the public can be more understanding toward victims of sexual assault, then my time acting in the film will have had meaning," Lin said during a seminar held at Beijing's Communication University of China on Monday.