There have been many film versions of “The Golden Lotus”, the most erotic novel in Chinese history, but none have combined artistry with sensuality as successfully as this 1974 classic, featuring three of the screen’s sexiest stars. The director was already famous for his historical epics and modern sex comedies, but here outdoes himself in this recounting of the murders, corruptions, and sexual exploits of a Sung Dynasty lothario 900 years ago. (IVL)
Even in the world of criminal outsiders, there are those who are especially isolated. In this story, Third (Toshiyuki Nagashima) is an aimless young man who hangs around with a couple of girls who are amateur hookers. One day, while acting as their pimp, he gets into a conflict with a young gangster and winds up killing him. He is caught for this crime and imprisoned. Even here, because he is not a proper gangster, he is an outsider.
A journalist interviews an old woman who was forced into prostitution, just like many other Japanese women working in Asia outside of Japan during the first half of the 20th century. She worked in a Malaysian brothel called Sandakan 8.
On tour with a troupe of nasty ecdysiasts, we’re treated to an onslaught of spastic masturbation, violent street theater, lesbo stage romps, uncontrollable sobbing & profuse vomiting, repentant finger dismembering, one bloody sword rampage, and a very long bedroom scene involving three couples, some spirited fucking, and a toddler who goes from playing in the floor to crawling on the bed and sitting himself right down in the middle of all the moans, groans, and hormones. The showstopper comes when a stripper goes backstage during her act, gets a quick screw from a stagehand, then rushes back out and spreads her legs over the front row patrons who get a whiff of and a gander at her tenderized cream pie!
In a story that makes two or three turns from a complete criminal system that killed her husband and got a huge legacy, skillfully woven the man’s betrayal, the psychology of a woman drowning in color and greed.