Sorrows of a life forgotten

YP cadet Tsui Wing-hei
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Hong Kong director Barbara Wong's The Stolen Years has all the elements of a tragic love story: divorce, betrayal, memory loss and incurable sickness.

Mainland actress Fay Bai plays He Man, a girl who wakes after a car accident without any memory of the past five years. She does know that she was happily married to Xie Yu (Joseph Chang), and that has now ended.

Her husband has a new girlfriend and her friends and colleagues are avoiding her. To help Man recover her memory, Xie has agreed to let Man move in with him in the house that they used to share. Man soon learns about the chain of events over the past five years that changed everything.

But soon after this chance to make a new start, she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She decides to undergo surgery even though there is only a 20 per cent chance of survival. She is left paralysed.

The Stolen Years captures a few sweet moments in a couple's life together, and how they stand by each other when they face hard times. It has its share of happy and funny scenes, and also heart-breaking moments after Man falls ill.

Some of the scenes are quite predictable, but director Wong says the film inspired her to rethink the relationships she had with people around her.

YP Rating: 3/5

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