Feb 13

The Golden Lotus (1974) aka Jin ping shuang yan

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)

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Feb 08

Love and Bruises (2011) aka Amor e Dor

In Paris, the Chinese university student Hua is dumped by her lover. Hua wanders on the streets and the French worker Mathieu accidentally hits her face with the pipes that he is carrying on his shoulder. Mathieu apologizes to Hua and invites her to have dinner with him. When they leave the restaurant, Mathieu rapes her and then he accompanies Hua home. Hua is a promiscuous and submissive woman and she has one night stand with Mathieu. The unlike couple falls begin a relationship based on a strong sexual desire. The insecure Mathieu decides to test Hua’s fidelity and his friend Giovanni also rapes her. Their troubled relationship ends when Hua finds secrets about Mathieu’s life and decides to return to China.

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Feb 02

Twisted Love (1985) aka Xian dai hao fang nu

Director Yang Chuan airs the dirty laundry on politicians and closet gays in torrid and wicked “Twisted Passion”. Councillor wannabe Ma Yu-chang (Chang Kuo-chu) gives his wife everything she could possibly want – except sexual attention. The frustrated Tina falls in love with young designer Sam (Tang Chen-tsung) which drives Ma into a rage. Tina then learns why her husband is so cold towards her in bed. When Sam is found lying in a pool of blood, Tina decides to blow Ma’s cover…

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Dec 22

The Oath of Death (1971) aka Wan Jian Chuan Xin

Oath Of Death 71Pao Hseuh-li started his film career as a cinematographer, beautifully lensing such important films as Golden Swallow. This was one of his films as director. Lo Lieh, soon to be Shaw Brothers’ first international star, thanks to King Boxer, stars as Sung Dynasty patriot Chin Liang, who runs afoul of a corrupt and ambitious ex-friend. To avenge the villains’ treachery, he must make an oath of death, purposely maiming himself to accomplish his ultimate triumph. Continue reading