Jan 14

Zegen (1987)

The award-winning director of such esteemed films as Black Rain and The Ballad of Narayama has chosen here to tell the decidedly dicey true tale of Iheiji Muraoka, also known as Zegen, the man who became the most powerful pimp in modern Japanese history, a man who could honestly regard himself as “The Boss of the South Seas.” At the time, between the World Wars, Japan was involved in empire-building throughout East and Southeast Asia. After a brief career as a low-level military adventurer, Iheiji (Ken Ogata) decided to set up chains of brothels throughout Asia. As Japan’s power in the region grew, so did his prosperity, as the man is quite literally surrounded by sex of all kinds, much of it shown onscreen. Interestingly enough, this engaging rogue was convinced that his entrepreneurship was not only personally rewarding, but was his way of doing his patriotic best to advance his country’s global ambitions.

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Jan 02

Sinful Confession (1974) aka Sheng si quan ma

Arguably the funniest of the four famous Hui brothers, Michael has a tour-de-force vehicle in this naughty little comedy playing four different characters, each one in a compromising situation. And the laughs do come big and hearty as Hui bounces his cheeky humour off a terrific large supporting cast including the sophisticated Hu-chin and the lovely Pai Hsiao-man. Keeping the Benny Hill-style hi-jinks afloat is stalwart Shaw director Li han-hsiang who manages to switch flawlessly between these cheeky flings and his period epics.

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Dec 26

Visitor Q (2001) aka Bijitâ Q

A father, who is a failed former television reporter tries to mount a documentary about violence and sex among youths. He proceeds to have sex with his daughter who is now a prostitute and films his son being humiliated and hit by classmates. “Q”, a perfect stranger somehow gets involved and enter the bizzare family who’s son beats his mom, who in turn is also a prostitute and a heroin addict…

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Dec 21

Rinko Eighteen (2009) aka 18 rin

What happens when an innocent 18-year-old girl has to work in the adult video industry? Find out the hilarious results in Rinko Eighteen, based on the comic by Matsumoto Taka. In her first starring role, gravure model Tashiro Sayaka stars as Rinko, an aspiring doctor who returns home to find out that her father is bankrupt and has divorced her mother. With nowhere to go, Rinko signs up for the first job she finds, which turns out to be a production assistant at an adult video production company. Naturally, nothing can possibly prepare her for the work waiting for her at her new job…

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Dec 18

Passing Flickers (1982) aka San shi nian xi shuo cong tou

A true connoiseur’s treasure, this is Li Han-Hsiang’s version of Truffaut’s “Day For Night” and Fellini’s “8 1/2”–being the veteran Hong Kong director’s homage to his thirty years in the business. Based on the reminiscences in Li’s popular newspaper column, these amusing, fictitionalized (but truthful) episodes encompass an insider’s look at Hong Kong movies in all their guts and glory. This unique effort by one of the industry’s workhorses is a must-see for any Hong Kong cinema watcher.

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Dec 11

Women of Desire (1974) aka Nu ren mian mian guan

Film with four separate stories throughout the entire film, the contents of modern love and lust relationship intrigues mainly Cantonese films of social realism with a character, and the film is a masterpiece in which the lens trafficking in women over the carcass, the story and do not forget to join moral criticism, and even talk to women being oppressed. Lui Kei more refined shape for an independent self-image of women

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Dec 10

The Ghost Chasers (1986) aka Bi gui zhuo

A dinner party at a Hong Kong high-rise goes awry when party guest Judy Hsu (Shu-Yuan Hsu) becomes a victim of poltergeists and, as a result, her spirit returns to carry out the sinister plans of the evil presence. Security guards Chu Bong (Jing Wong) and Fan Pien-Chou (Shui-Fan Fung) later discover that their office high-rise is haunted by demons of the Japanese war dead from World War II. The evil spirits plan to seek revenge by claiming the lives of humans frequenting the building that were born on a certain year and time. Bong and Chou are on the victims list and, fearing for their lives, seek the help of Taoist priestess (Joyce Godenzi) to vanquish the ghosts.

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