Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Kenneth Ip had been a film critic and an editor of a film magazine before trying his hand at directing Sealed with a Kiss, and his former occupations undoubtedly influenced his approach here. Instead of following the usual bullet-ridden, body-strewn plots of other commercial Hong Kong releases, he has focused on the story of a mentally handicapped young man (Albert Au) and an innocent young teenager (Chu Kit) who slowly develop a romantically-inclined relationship through a series of proper and conventional dates. While in a secluded spot (whether symbolically or not, an abandoned church), the couple kiss for the first time - and the teenager becomes overwrought, remembering an earlier time when she was raped. After repeated apologies and entreaties on the part of the disabled young man, the couple get together again and this time, while alone, their passion for each other comes to the surface. Frightened and misunderstanding the effects of kissing, they are overcome with worry that she might be pregnant. When their families are approached with a request that they be married, the subsequent refusals send them off on a desperate escape. Their relationship is then tested by a series of events that may be more than either can ultimately handle.
forbidden-love, handicap, love, mental-retardation, rape, sexual-awakening, teenagers