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新羔羊醫生 (1998)
Trust Me U Die

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 03/11/2007
Summary: a rather grim exercise......

[1999 was a good year.] Dark and disturbing, Billy Chung Siu-Hung's Trust Me U Die is a troubling horror film. The ambitious screenplay by Law Gam-Fai takes a basic mad scientist format and layers it with themes of patient abuse and corporate medical malpractice that were making headlines at the time. This gives the gory elements a rather peculiar resonance. Good performances by Simon Yam, Mark Cheng, and Sam Lee make this rather grim exercise viewable. Director Chung has made better films.

Actually, the most notable thing about this film is the poster art for the Hong Kong release. More than any other movie poster, the image of the woman's behind, the hypodermic needle, and the bloody corpse stirred prurient thoughts in the beast that lives deep within this reviewer.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 08/08/2002
Summary: dull horror flick

There was a time where you could depend on any horror/exploitation movie featuring Simon Yam to be good stuff. But sadly, as the Hong Kong movie industry has fallen a bit over the past few years, so has Yam's track record, mostly due to below-par films like Trust Me U Die. It's nowhere near as good as its' spiritual predecessors such as Dr. Lamb (the alternate title of The New Dr. Lamb is merely a shameless attempt to cash in on that movie's good name), and even die-hard Simon Yam fans would be hard-pressed to find the choice bits in here.

What makes matters worse is that Trust Me U Die initially shows a lot of promise. The film begins with a strange dream sequence, and then we come to Simon, who plays a doctor living in England and developing a "super steroid" that will cure most any disease. Simon's boss (the mandatory nasty gweilo in the movie) wants to steal his work, so of course Simon kills the guy. Heading back to Hong Kong, Simon (along with his girlfriend/assistant, Joey Tan) meets up with his old college buddy Mark Cheng, who seems to be a nice enough guy besides the fact that he sells organs on the black market, and then later drugs Joey so he can have his way with her. Eventually, Mark and Joey start having an affair -- once Simon finds out, he starts to use Mark and other paitents at a clinic to test out his steroid, with predictably bad results.

This could have been a good movie -- the plot could have formed the base of a great gross-out flick -- but Billy Chung's direction is so lackluster, it's damn near pathetic. The actors look to be sleepwalking through their roles; we never get a sense of who they really are or why they act the way they do. Even Simon Yam, normally one of the most powerful actors in Hong Kong, seems to be in a stupor, lost as to whether to make his character sympathetic or a psycho.

Trust Me U Die's script is also abysmal. The movie suffers from "swiss cheese syndrome" -- there are plot holes that you could drive a truck through (not the least of which is how Simon could just up and leave to HK after killing his boss), and the pacing is just horrible. There is a character played by Sam Lee that a lot of time is spent on, but really adds nothing to the movie. By the time the rotting flesh and dead bodies come around, I really wasn't all that interested, and the gore effects weren't all that great as to get any real excitement and shock; I've seen better stuff on those medical shows on cable.

Maybe you think the T&A might save Trust Me U Die. Well, then, I have two words for you: Sam Lee. If I never see Sam Lee in another sex scene, I can die a happier man. I had to wash out my eyes after seeing him doing the horizontal bop, and seeing him wanking off and ejaculating was almost too disgusting for words. On the female side, Joey Tan is hot, but she doesn't even show as much as an ass crack, so why bother? Supposedly, she was a bit inhibited because she was a beauty pageant winner -- but even Chingmy Yau managed to display a bit of skin from time to time. Why bother putting a female lead not willing to do nudity into a role like this? I guess the IIB rating might have inhibited things a bit, but quite honestly, I've seen steamier sex scenes on episodes of "NYPD Blue".

Anyhow, there are a few good things about Trust Me U Die. I thought the film had a nice visual style that you normally don't find in genre movies like this, and the musical score (which is heavy on English-language rock) was quite well-done. And from time to time, Trust Me U Die does show glimmers of hope. There are a few scenes which do manage to generate some thrills, but as a whole it doesn't manage to keep that rush going. There are just too many ups and downs, too many plot holes, too much bad dialogue, too much time wasted to make Trust Me U Die anything other than (very mildly) recommended viewing for Simon Yam completists.

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Reviewed by: metamovie
Date: 07/18/2001

Something went wrong. Let the fact that this is a HK mad scientist movie starring Simon Yam and Mark Cheng not confuse you, and just ignore the meaningless alternate title, The New Dr. Lamb - this one has nothing to do with Dr. Lamb, sad to say. Apart from some softcore sex, it lacks about everything one would expect. Competently made, the movie gives hints at a few directions it could turn to, but unfortunately it never really goes anywhere.

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Reviewed by: ryan
Date: 11/01/1999
Summary: Trust Me U Die (1999)

'Trust Me U Die' sounds like a new movie, yeap it is. However, from Chinese title, it sounds like 'The New Dr. Lamb'. Maybe it is due to Simon YAM Tat-wah as the leading cast in the movie. This movie also featured Mark CHENG Ho-nam, Sam LEE Chan-sum and new performer CHAN Ying-lai.

The plot of 'Trust Me U Die' (1999) is nothing related to 'Dr. Lamb' (1993),a movie about taxi murder. This time the movie is about Gred (Simon YAM) who is in his experiment of a new medicide SS-160 which can strength the body of human beings in UK. However, the medicide is not finalised. Then Gred came back to Hong Kong and stays with Mike and worked in Mike's office. Once Mike raped Gred's girlfriend and Gred started to take Mike as object for his new medicide. Then after the good things of the medicide, the side effect comes ......

Frankly speaking, I consider the movie is not worth-watching in cinemas. First of all, there's no focus for the movie. Maybe director CHUNG Siu-hung wants to do lots of stuffs at the same time -- Murder, Rape, Romantic and Horror but he has done none of them. Most of the scenes are loosely packed without objectives and focus. Sadly, for some of the scenes, it is very obvious that they can be deleted. These examples include the arguments whether the doctors should perform the examinations for the change kidney. It seems that the whole stuff is not match to the flow of the movie while the only purpose is to make some irony to the government. Another example is at the end for the group of patients who took SS-160 with side effects. I can't find a good reason for putting up this scene but only consider for prolonging the running time.

Cinematography of the movie is also terrible. For the raping scene between CHAN Ying-lai and Mark CHENG Ho-nam for the second time, it is taken from the top to the bottom. It's neither erotic or lovely and it is toally failed to achieve its objective. For the injection of Sam Lee at the beginning, there was no close up which should have done for a beginner in cinematography. All these makes the whole movie more pale and boring.

In terms of performance, I regret that all of them are sub-standard, including Simon YAM, Sam LEE and Mark CHENG. Sam LEE in the movie is only for glimpic purpose. He has no way to show his skills. He is walking around and running at most of the time. Script writer should hold the responsibility for the dirty spot on Sam Lee. Simon YAM is the main cast but his role in the movie is too flat without much elaboration. This movie also failed to put new actress CHAN Lai-ying as a sexy object. Together with her unpolished acting, it seems that the character can be suited by every category III actress.

After watching the movie, I'm sorry to say that the movie is substandard in any aspect. At the end of the show, it is hard for you to find the focus of the movie. If the focus is for the new medicine SS-160, the first half of the movie can be cut to only 10-15 minutes. If the movie is only for raping, I consider more elaborations should be built on the relationship between CHAN Ying-lai and Mike.

In short, 'Trust Me U Die' is a movie without feeling, focus and performance, I cannot fina a reason for recommending this movie.