Forgive & Forget Alice Tzeng Kai-xuan, Andy On Chi-kit, Miki Yeung Oi-gan Director: Patrick Kong What starts out as a sensitive drama about the process of grief makes an unexpected and implausible gearshift in its third act to become one of the guiltiest pleasures of the year. Director-writer Patrick Kong (Yip Lim-sum) is at the forefront of a new generation of mainstream Hong Kong directors, chiefly via a trilogy of cynical youth romances starring muse Stephy Tang Lai-yan. Forgive & Forget is his first Stephy-less feature and his first to underperform at the box office, though the fault lies less with the cast than script contrivances that defy credibility. The opening passages of the soap opera-ish scenario play well, with amnesiac beauty Alice (Alice Tzeng Kai-xuan) returning from Taiwan to arrange a memorial service for a two-timing ex-boyfriend she doesn't remember. Her mental state is complicated by the belief she is being haunted by his ghost, along with a growing dependency on his hunky best friend (Andy On Chi-kit in a non-action role). A vivacious neighbour (Miki Yeung Oi-gan) is also involved in a dysfunctional relationship, which helps give Alice some welcome perspective. So far so good. But a couple of plot twists in the final reels are so lacking in logic and character-destroying in their nastiness that any goodwill fostered earlier on becomes a memory more distant than anything in Alice's addled brain. Add to the mixture some half-baked supernatural phenomena and it's just the recipe for a late-night groan with friends.