Nov 22

Summer Palace (2007) aka Yihe yuan

posterCountry girl Yu Hong leaves her village, her family and her lover to study in Beijing. At university, she discovers an intense world of sexual freedom and forbidden pleasure. Enraptured, compulsive, she falls madly in love with fellow student Zhou Wei. Driven by obsessive passions they can neither understand nor control, their relationship becomes one of dangerous games – betrayals, recriminations, provocations – as all around them, their fellow students begin to demonstrate, demanding democracy and freedom. Protests collapse, and Yu and Zhou lose each other amidst the social chaos and panicked crowds. Zhou Wei is sent to a summer military camp, and on his release moves to Berlin, fleeing both his country and memories of Yu. She finds a job, a lover, but can not forget Zhou. In Germany, social unrest is mounting: calls for freedom, demonstrations for democracy. A familiar story for Zhou. Weary, still haunted by Yu, he returns to China as the Berlin Wall crashes down. He finds her at last, in a small town. From evening to dawn, their future stretches before them, two changed souls in a changed world.
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Nov 01

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) aka The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)In 1804, in Transylvania, a Chinese walker heads to the castle of Dracula. He awakes Dracula from his tomb and explains that he is Kah, the High Priest of the Seven Golden Vampires in China that are powerless. He needs Dracula to restore their power and the vampire takes Kah’s body and image. One hundred years later, Professor Laurence Van Helsing gives a lecture at a Chinese university about the legend of the Seven Golden Vampires but the students leave the auditorium finding that the all the exposition is superstition. However the student Hsi Ching meets Van Helsing at home and tells that the legend is true and he knows the location of the vampires. Van Helsing accepts to travel to the village in the countryside to help to destroy the vampires and the wealthy widow Mrs. Vanessa Buren, who has befriend his son Leyland Van Helsing, offers to sponsor the expedition provided she may go with them. Soon they embark with seven siblings skilled in kung-fu in a dangerous expedition to destroy the Golden Vampires and Dracula.
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Oct 25

Confessions of a Naked Virgin (1977) aka Schulmädchen-Report 11. Teil – Probieren geht über Studieren

114This is the 11th of 13 “Schulmädchen” movies and by now, there is nothing new or refreshing anymore about this series. The core issues this time is protection of young people and helping them in dangerous or critical situations. The film starts with a group of (seemingly) intelligent people having a panel discussion on the matter and they tell about the stories depicted in the film.
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Oct 22

Angels with Golden Guns (1988) aka Ling ye

Angels with Golden GunsThree women captured and imprisoned by a gang of white slavers lead a bloody rebellion, aided by a detective investigating the gang.What a find! It’s a bizarre, over-the-top HK women in prison flick. The cast is a surprisingly multi-ethnic mix of east asianers. A martial arts expert of debatable talent helps them after they escape. It’s a tremendous curiosity that has fallen into a surprising lack of notoriety. Highlights: A giant cat fight in a courtyard between the two rival camps of prisoners– perhaps the biggest cat fight in cinema history. a bizarre, non-sensical ending in a hospital that I still don’t understand and can’t really describe. The homophobic disco sequence (an oxymoron?) in which the villain hits on the “hero.”
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Sep 20

Trilogy of Lust (1995) [Uncensored Version] aka Xue lian

trilogy_of_lustAfter getting kicked out of med school for cheating, Yik-sang makes a living as a fisherman on one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands. Desperate for female companionship, Yik-sang buys a Mainland bride named Chi (Lee). An intellectual who suffered through hell during the Cultural Revolution, Chi believes that the worst of her life is over. Yet when she is subjected to Yik-sang’s bizarre medical examinations and his fiery temper tantrums, she realizes that she is mistaken. She finds solace in the arms of hunky vegetable salesman Un (Chan Wai-dik) and soon they are having regular trysts amid masses of writhing eels. When Yik-sang’s aunt tries to blackmail them, Un kills her and disposes of the body. Soon other bodies start piling up.
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