The Victims' Game (2020) s02e08 Episode Script

Season 2, Episode 8

[ringing tone]
[ringing tone]
[connection sound]
[Min-chun] Hello?
Is it Chia-ying?
[Chia-ying] Mm-hmm.
Where are you right now?
Why won't you come home?
Does this home mean nothing to you?
[Chia-ying] Mom, I'm home.
- [door closes]
- [keys jingle]
[soft music playing]
[paper rustling]
[skin scratches]
You've been keeping your dad's letters.
I was throwing them away.
I just forgot.
I'll throw them away right now.
[Min-chun] It doesn't matter.
Keep them if you want to.
I bought your favorite cake.
Let's eat it together.
You can eat it by yourself.
[Chia-ying sobbing]
[keyboard clicks]
[computer beeps]
[Min-chun] You've always preferred
to be with your dad, haven't you?
If you want to be with your dad,
you don't have to come back.
[disconnection sound]
[Ming-cheng] Are you okay?
Did your mom give you a scolding?
My mom told me not to go home.
- [Ming-cheng] Huh?
- Let's go.
[Chia-ying] Hey!
You guys are all I have left now.
- No one is allowed to ditch me, okay?
- [girls] Okay.
[Yang-yu] All right, let's go inside.
[suspenseful music playing]
[theme music playing]
I was the forensic investigator
assigned to the Hsiao Chia-ying case.
[ominous music playing]
At that time, I didn't notice
that the evidence was tampered.
I chose to trust Sergeant Lin Ching-jui
and his crime scene report.
I was convinced
Hsiao Chia-ying was the murderer.
During the investigation,
Hsiao-meng got hurt.
I was scared of losing her.
I didn't check the evidence thoroughly.
I'm sorry.
[in broken voice] I'm sorry.
[Yi-jen breathing heavily]
[ominous music playing]
[Yi-jen groans loudly]
[groaning and gasping]
Lin Ching-jui's actions were wrong.
Wrong from the very beginning.
But I once believed you were different.
So I kept begging you
to help me find the truth.
My daughter didn't kill anyone.
Instead, she was killed.
But you refused.
You made a mistake back then.
When we found out what Lin Ching-jui did,
you still wouldn't rectify the mistake.
You only wanted to protect his reputation.
But what about Chia-ying?
What about my Chia-ying?
I dare not face the truth.
Because I knew that
once I accepted the truth,
he would be gone from my life forever.
He was the only one in the world
who had tried to understand me.
[yells] I'm a fucking weirdo!
I just want to understand people,
and want people to understand me!
Why is that so hard?
[yells] Why?
You are a weirdo.
You just want people to understand you.
But do you really
want to understand other people?
Have you tried to understand my loss?
You forced me.
You forced me
to become a homicidal monster.
What if Hsiao-meng were the victim?
What would you do?
[calmly] I know you sacrificed everything
to avenge your daughter.
You killed them all.
You got to the truth
behind Hsiao Chia-ying's death.
But what you really want to know
is why she left you.
[yells] Don't assume you know everything!
That's true. I know nothing at all.
I'm just like you.
I don't know
how to keep my daughter with me.
My relationship with Chia-ying
is nothing like yours!
- You shut up!
- [bone cracking]
[Yi-jen] I'm sorry.
I'm sorry, Hsiao Min-chun.
Fifteen years ago,
I failed to give you the truth.
But now, at least let me tell you
the last place where Hsiao Chia-ying went.
[soft piano music playing]
- [blood dripping]
- [ominous sound]
[Yi-jen on video]
During the investigation,
Hsiao-meng got hurt.
I was scared of losing her.
I didn't check the evidence thoroughly.
That was my fault.
[Hsiao-meng sniffling]
[Yi-jen] I'm sorry.
[Yi-jen groaning loudly]
[groaning and gasping]
- Pass me the phone.
- [Yi-jen gasping]
[phone whizzing]
[Yi-jen groaning]
- [Yi-jen groaning]
- [clattering]
[phone whizzing]
- [horn bellowing]
- [Yi-jen groaning]
Can you hear that?
- [Yi-jen groaning]
- [horn bellowing]
It's foghorns!
They must be close to a port.
The map!
Between the time of my last call with him
to when the video was uploaded
The closest port
[Hsiao-meng] It's this one.
This must be the port.
[phone beeps]
Fasten your seat belt.
[engine starting]
We will find Fang Yi-jen.
[nervous snicker]
- [engine revving]
- [tires squealing]
[soft music playing]
Mommy, let me tell you,
I know how to make
French fries taste amazing.
With a dip like this,
French fries will become sweet and tangy.
Who taught you this?
Your dad taught you that, didn't he?
No, he didn't.
If Mommy doesn't like it,
I won't do it anymore.
Mommy didn't mean to get harsh on you.
But didn't we have an agreement?
We've finally got away.
We've finally left your dad.
Can you please forget him?
It will be just the two of us from now on.
I understand.
From now on, my name
is no longer Chuang Shang-wen.
It's Hsiao Chia-ying.
Is that right?
That's right.
You're such a good girl.
[vehicle screeches]
[car door opens]
[Hsiao-meng yells] Fang Yi-jen!
[suspenseful music playing]
[Hai-yin] Fang Yi-jen's video
must have been taken here.
But where is he?
[Hsiao-meng] It looks like Hsueh Hsin-ning
had taken Fang Yi-jen away.
He must still be alive.
Don't worry.
[ominous music playing]
[female officer] We found something.
- Keep going. I'll report it.
- Okay.
[Liao] It's not necessary.
The Forensics Unit is here.
No need.
- Yes.
- [officer] Mr. Chang!
Can you please come take a look?
Chief! I've got to go.
Another colleague will talk to you.
Please update the chief.
[car door opens]
[car door closes]
Where would Ms. Hsueh take Fang Yi-jen?
She killed so many people for her child.
Could she have taken him
a place connected to Hsiao Chia-ying?
[Hsiao-meng] Fang Yi-jen.
The diary kept mentioning a place,
called the place of rebirth.
Misty mountains and deep blue sea.
I went to these places before.
So in the second stanza,
train tracks, tunnel and daylilies
should also describe real places too.
Based on what you two are saying,
walking past the phoenix tree,
along the rail tracks
and through the tunnel,
will bring you to a field of daylilies.
The place of rebirth
should be around here.
Hsiao Chia-ying
[Hsiao-meng] Fang Yi-jen never understood
why I left home and moved out.
What Ms. Hsueh wants to know the most
is why her daughter left her.
- [engine starting]
- [Hai-yin] Call Liao
and send him the address
for the place of rebirth.
[Hsiao-meng] Okay.
[suspenseful music playing]
[gun cocking]
[metal clanks]
[Hsiao-meng] I've always thought
that he doesn't get me
and that he doesn't know
how to get along with people.
[Hsiao-meng] But I kind of get it now.
It's not that he doesn't get me.
I've never tried to understand him.
Do you get the feeling like I do
that Fang Yi-jen is different now?
We've just started
to understand each other better.
[Hai-yin] It's going to be okay.
We will find him.
[suspenseful music playing]
[Liao] Mr. Chang, Hsu Hai-yin
found Fang Yi-jen's location.
Bring a team there.
- Keep me posted.
- [Liao] Okay.
Team two!
- Come with me.
- [male officer] Yes, sir.
[car door opens]
[Hai-yin] Hsiao-meng!
This looks like Ms. Hsueh's car.
Fang Yi-jen!
[car door opens]
[car door closes]
Fang Yi-jen!
- Fang Yi-jen!
- Hsiao-meng.
How did you know
this was the last place my daughter came?
When Hsiao-meng was working,
she found the exchange diary
between Yuan Chi-ling and Hsiao Chia-ying.
What did she write in it?
A story about the place of rebirth.
[Yi-jen] It was written
in the exchange diary
that she wanted to start over
with her beloved family.
So she brought her stuff here
and left it under the mesh wires
by the tunnel.
Then she passed through the tunnel
and entered the place of rebirth.
Only after that
could she restart her life.
[suspenseful music playing]
This is impossible.
This is impossible.
Why would she want her dad to be reborn?
[murmurs] This is impossible
This is impossible.
[Yi-jen] Hsiao Chia-ying
did want her dad to be reborn.
You're lying!
What did you do to him?
[door opens]
[door closes]
[Mr. Chuang] Hsiao Min-chun,
what are you doing?
Where are you taking my daughter?
Tonight will be the last night
that the two of us stay in this house.
[Mr. Chuang] What are you talking about?
Shang-wen is my daughter.
I have custody rights over her.
- [Mr. Chuang] You can get lost yourself!
- [Min-chun groans]
You can't take her with you.
You're the reason for our divorced.
- [Mr. Chuang] So what?
- [Min-chun groans]
I do beat you, so what?
Do I beat my daughter? Huh?
Do I not treat her well?
- [contemptibly] Huh?
- [thumps]
Why don't we get Shang-wen
and tell her that I beat you?
Let's see what will happen to you two.
[repeatedly] No!
- [Mr. Chuang] That's enough already.
- [Min-chun shrieks]
[aggressively] Enough!
Hsiao Min-chun,
you can get the hell out of here.
But Chuang Shang-wen
must spend her whole life
in this house with me.
- [somber music playing]
- high-pitched ringing
[skin scratches]
- [thumps]
- [flesh squelches]
[somber music playing]
[blood dripping]
[Yi-jen] Hsiao Chia-ying didn't want
her dad to be all alone in the ground.
So she brought him
to the place of rebirth.
She believed everyone should have
a chance to be reborn.
She had always known
that you killed her dad.
[gun jangling]
- [keypad beeping]
- [ringing tone]
[male voice] This is Chunghsiao Precinct.
How may I help you?
Do you want to report an incident?
Do you need help?
- Can you give me your address?
- [blood dripping]
- Is anyone there?
- [disconnection sound]
[somber music intensifies]
[somber music dies down]
[Yi-jen] Hsiao Chia-ying was trapped
between keeping your secret
and her guilty feeling towards her dad.
[Yi-jen] So she left home
hoping her dad could be reborn.
[stammers] No
That is definitely not it.
She wouldn't want her dad to be reborn.
She wouldn't.
[mutters] Her dad
Her dad was a monster.
He deserved to die.
- I'll kill you.
- [gun firing]
[somber music playing]
Whoever caused Chia-ying's death
deserves to die,
each and every one of them.
[gun jangles]
[Hsiao-meng] Ms. Hsueh! Please don't!
[Hai-yin] Fang Yi-jen.
I know you want to avenge your daughter,
but I can't let you hurt Fang Yi-jen.
Don't come closer!
[blood oozing]
He just wanted to stay alive
and tricked me into coming here.
I know Chia-ying really well.
Even if she had known
[stammers] that I I killed her father,
she still wouldn't have left me.
She wouldn't want her dad to be reborn.
[in low voice] Hsiao-meng.
Ms. Hai-yin.
Chia-ying wrote things in the diary
to tell her mom.
She won't hurt me.
Trust me.
[gently] Chia-ying's mom.
I know you love your daughter very much.
[Hsiao-meng] You just can't accept
that she left you like this.
But if you know the real reason,
you'll realize
she never planned on leaving you,
and that she never stopped loving you.
Chia-ying's mom.
Please put the gun down,
and we'll leave this place together.
[softly] Okay?
[police sirens blaring in the distance]
Don't come for me.
Help my dad first.
[police sirens blaring in the distance]
Fang Yi-jen.
Fang Yi-jen.
[police sirens blaring in the distance]
[Min-chun] Chia-ying.
[tranquil music playing]
[Min-chun chuckles]
Chia-ying's mom.
That story about the place of rebirth,
it was you
who told Hsiao Chia-ying, right?
"At the end of the railway track
lies the nirvana we dream of.
Through the tunnel,
hopes are planted
in a field of daylilies."
In the digital recorder,
you heard Hsiao Chia-ying
singing this song, didn't you?
Shut up!
She came here
with all the stuff from her dad
to leave her past
in this place of rebirth.
She wanted all her memories of her dad
to stay here.
She wanted to turn around
and see her dad one last time.
Then she could go out of that tunnel
to be back by your side.
[somber music playing]
[in coarse voice] It's too late.
Fang Yi-jen.
How are you feeling?
Where's Hsiao-meng?
Where is she?
[Min-chun sobbing]
[female voice humming melodically]
[female voice humming melodically]
Whoever caused Chia-ying's death
deserves to die.
["Shadow under the Sun" plays]
- also deserve to die.
- No.
This is the place of rebirth
for you and Chia-ying.
You two once had a fresh start.
Can you please put down the gun?
[Min-chun] After I lost Chia-ying,
I only kept myself alive to get revenge.
After I kill myself,
this revenge
will be completed.
- Give yourself a chance.
- Fang Yi-jen!
[gun firing]
You've finally found me.
I'm sorry.
I'm so sorry.
I never knew that
you were keeping my secret.
I gave you so much pain.
I'm so sorry.
I was just
so scared.
I was scared that you didn't love me.
I was scared that I'd lose you.
I'm so sorry.
I love you dearly.
Thank you for being my mom.
We can be together now.
You once told me that
this was the place of rebirth.
[Chia-ying] Stop crying.
[gun firing]
[female voice humming melodically]
- [handcuffs jangle]
- [Liao] Get up.
- [Liao] Get up.
- Fang Yi-jen.
[anxiously] Fang Yi-jen!
[whispers] Fang Yi-jen.
[whispers] Fang Yi-jen.
[Liao] Hold on. We need to frisk her.
- [female officer] Okay.
- [Liao] Watch her.
Sir, she's clean.
- [Liao] Take her away.
- Let's go.
[police radio beeping]
[male anchor] Here's a news update
on the shocking case
of Hsiao Min-chun's serial murders.
Hsiao Min-chun
has been arrested and detained.
Trial will commence tomorrow.
[female anchor] This case
can be traced back 15 years ago.
Hsiao Min-chun's daughter,
Hsiao Chia-ying,
ran away from home with some friends,
which ended
in two of them killed in an accident.
Sergeant Lin Ching-jui,
who investigated the case,
fabricated the crime scene
and framed Hsiao Chia-ying for murder.
This eventually led to Hsiao Min-chun
using Dr. Hsueh Hsin-ning's identity
to carry out her revenge.
She murdered an innocent victim
and used the body to fake her own death.
Then she murdered four people
involved in her daughter's death.
It's astonishing how a misunderstanding
between a mother and her daughter
would end up
tearing apart so many families.
It's absolutely heartbreaking.
[Yi-jen] I walked from my place
to your new place yesterday.
It took me ten minutes.
It's a nice walking distance.
Not too far, not too short.
If I take a walk here next time
and you happen to be free,
we can go grab a meal and catch up.
[Yi-jen] Can I ask you a question?
[Hai-yin] Sure. Just one?
[Yi-jen] Hai-yin is now
the CEO of Sevenleaves Foundation.
I sometimes go there to help.
[Yi-jen] One? Or two?
You previously said
that our relationship was
[plates clattering]
Just like the way it is now.
The way it is now is quite nice.
[plates clattering]
[Yi-jen] Looking at those children
sometimes makes me think of you.
Last time, you said that
you were saving up for driving lessons.
I've been thinking
"I should just teach you instead."
[Yi-jen] I should just teach you instead.
I'm not deciding it for you.
It's just another option.
You can think about it.
[Hsiao-meng] It feels like
a long time has passed.
I've finally found my way
out of the dark abyss.
I can see the sun shining outside.
I feel that my existence
can be meaningful to people.
Life isn't always straightforward.
The words that we can't speak out
the secrets that we've kept hidden,
the emotions that we can't express,
and the misunderstandings
rising out of love
can push people into their own abyss.
But there will always be someone,
or something,
or insignificant,
that can become our remedy.
[Hsiao-meng] Fang Yi-jen.
Thank you
for coming to that seaside that Mom loved
and reaching out to grab me
as I was falling into darkness.
Thank you
for opening up a space
for me to get closer to you.
[vehicle approaching]
Are you feeling okay?
[seatbelt buckle clicks]
[car door opens]
[car door closes]
We are finally here together.
[Yi-jen] If you want
We can
I'll drive.
I think that
I'm worried that
- You are so weird.
- I
I can hardly understand you.
You are the weird one.
Fang Yi-jen.
Mom was also very weird.
She actually liked you.
Nineteen ninety
It was in 1998.
June 14.
I was
in a class for fingerprint analysis.
I was at the coffee shop
by the seaside at 2:35 p.m.
We took each other's coffee by accident.
I hurried out after her
and spilled coffee all over her.
She didn't get mad.
She just looked at me and kept laughing.
The sun was bright that day.
Wearing a white dress and a straw hat,
she stood by the seaside.
I just watched her laughing at me.
I later found out that she loved the sea.
She loved coffee too.
[soft music playing]
[ominous sound]
[footsteps approaching]
[Deputy Director] Mr. Chang.
We could arrest Hsueh Hsin-ning
and solve the case quickly.
Everything has ended nicely.
Mr. Chang, you deserve all the credit.
Thank you for the praise.
During the process,
the police worked very hard too.
I would say
it's the joint effort
between the prosecutors and the police
so that Mr. Chang can enjoy
the glory like this today, right?
[laughing loftily]
The Lin Ching-jui case
is only the beginning.
[eerie music playing]
What do you mean?
Lin Ching-jui was just a police officer
but he managed to do all these.
He must have got
some support in the police force.
Don't you think?
Mr. Chang.
There's a line
between the prosecutors and the police.
Are you sure you want to cross it?
Some consequences
could be too dire for you to handle.
[phone ringing]
Deputy Director Hsu.
I think you should take this call
for your own good.
[phone ringing]
Hello, Director General.
Hsueh Hsin-ning has been put
through the arraignment.
Yes, but
Yes, sir.
Deputy Director.
I suppose
everything should be fine between us?
[intense music playing]
[Keng-hao] In the history of Pinglin City,
there are seven cold cases.
Behind each cold case
lies a nexus
of unbreakable and unspeakable secrets.
Lin Ching-jui's cover-up
of the Hsiao Chia-ying case
- only reveals the tip
- [door buzzing]
of an enormous power structure.
[metal door humming]
[suspenseful music playing]
[Keng-hao] I'm sorry.
It is my incompetence
to have kept you waiting in there
for so long.
Lin Ching-jui was skillful and meticulous.
But solving the Hsiao Chia-ying case
has given us an opportunity.
Each and every of his cases
will have to be reinvestigated now.
Thank you for your hard work.
Congratulations on your release.
[intense music playing]
[all] Madame!
[dramatic music playing]
[Keng-hao] I've taken risks
in violating taboos
and breaking the illusion of peace
due to the first cold case
from 30 years ago.
Nobody knows that
when I was six years old,
I became the only witness in that case.
[intense music playing]
[intense music stops abruptly]
[closing theme music playing]
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