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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Mar 07

Brief Encounter (1988) aka Yu yan qing nong

Lung (Tony Poon), a rookie bodyguard falls in love with the first subject he’s overseeing, May (May Cheung). She has come to Hong Kong with false hopes of being a singer but she’s unwillingly set to enter the world of prostitution instead. Into this equation comes a model agency head (Margaret Lee – We’re Going To Eat You) who’s determined to conquer the love of Lung.

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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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