Sep 15

Intimate Confessions Of A Chinese Courtesan (1972) aka Ai nu

The Movie opens with a green-tinted prologue in which police inspector Ji De (Yueh Hua) investigates a murder apparently committed by a prostitute named Ainu (Lily Ho Li-li). Flashbacks reveal that Ainu was among a number of maidens kidnapped by brigands under the orders of regal, lesbian Madam Chun (Betty Pei Ti). Although the girl’s virginity is auctioned off in the usual manner to a group of rich deviants, Chun is attracted to her beauty and pluck and takes Ainu under her wing.
Soon deeply infatuated, she imparts all of her martial arts skills to the girl, who goes on to become the establishment’s number one attraction. When a second murder occurs, Ji deduces that Ainu is eliminating the men who raped her years earlier but his hands are tied, as he has no concrete evidence and the suspect enjoys greatprivilege with the upper echelons of society. So great is her protection that Ainu even secretly visits the policeman and openly admits to the crimes but nothing the lawman says to the next targets on her list will dissuade them fromcontinuing their dalliances.

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Aug 10

Hotel de Sade (2013) aka Jiu dian de Sade

Believing that he killed his daughter instead of saving her from kidnappers, Zhang Li is dismantled. He finds himself lured to China seeking solace in pain and blood at Paradise Hotel where every carnal and beastly desire is satiated. With a savage boss, the terrifying Burnt Man at the helm of the underground brothel, no perversion is turned away.

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May 09

Girls in the Hood (1995) aka Lao ni mei

This is a wild ride about a group of young street girls in Hong Kong. This is a very dark and graphic film that explores prostitution, drug abuse,sexual abuse, crime on the streets of Hong Kong, among other things. Although this film has few happy moments, it does create a sympathy for the central characters even though they shouldn’t really be likable people. Reminds me of how I care for the characters in the Sopranos even though they are generally bad people.

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Apr 28

Love Swindler (1976) aka Pian cai pian se

Vaunted director Li Han-Hsiang reveals the way of the world in this anthology film of four stories that feature far more swindlers and swindling than lovers or love. There’s fake acupuncturists, gullible counterfeiters, a jewelry heist in a VD clinic, and a salesgirl’s subtle scam in these short cinematic stories of gulls, dopes, marks, and fools and the cons, cheaters, charlatans, and connivers who trick them. It’s four times the fraud as the cheats, gyps, and rip-offs come fast and furious!

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Mar 29

The Himalayan (1976) aka Mi zong sheng shou

The Tseng family is one of the most noble and respected clans in a small village in Tibet. The patriarch of the Tseng family wants to marry off his daughter Ching Lan into the Kao clan. However, the cunning and deceitful eldest brother Kao Chu only wants his younger sibling Kao I-Fan to marry Lan so he can gain access to the Tseng family’s considerable wealth and power.

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