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Scarred Memory
Year: 1996
Doctor Veronica Yip and patient Simon Yam
Director: Raymond Leung Pun-Hei
Cast: Veronica Yip Yuk-Hing, Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Farini Chang, Gilbert Lam, Almen Wong Pui-Ha, Peter Ngor Chi-Kwan
The Skinny: Underrated psychological thriller/triad drama.
by Kozo:
     Ex-Category 3 starlet Veronica Yip is a young doctor who’s suffering psychological trauma after being raped. She has an understanding boyfriend and best friend, but the pressure of her sexual frigidity gets to them and she finds them in extra-curricular activity. Due to her shame and alienation, she neglects a bloodied patient (Simon Yam) who arrives at the ER. She’s punished by her superiors whereupon she quits to rest in Macau. 
     Then guess who shows up: Simon Yam, who’s become “special” thanks to his head trauma. Veronica decides to try to heal him and the two form a poignant bond. In healing him, she begins to heal herself as well. However, the humanistic part of the story gives way to a lurking horror. Veronica’s rapist was a former rival of Simon’s, and his return also marks the return of Simon’s past. Simon’s memory slowly returns, and the horror of who he was and what he did can only mean bad things for he and Veronica. 
     Shot with an overbearing but appropriate amount of style, Scarred Memory succeeds at being an affecting psychological drama before it gives way to the typical HK need to add triads and chase sequences to every movie. Yam is extremely sympathetic despite his shady character and Yip is fine, too. Definitely worth a look. (
Kozo 1996)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mega Star Video Distribution
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese/Mandarin Language Track
Dolby Digital 2.0
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

image courtesy of Mei Ah Laser Disc Co., Ltd.

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