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)
A Hong Kong taxi driver suffers after being cursed by a sorcerer he accidentally hit with his cab. After the driver’s wife is raped and killed by teenage hooligans, he pleads with the sorcerer to lift the hex and restore his wife to the land of the living. Otherworldly zombie chaos ensues.
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…
Pao 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
Li Han-hsiang, one of the most experienced and respected filmmakers in Hong Kong, wrote and directed this charming and fascinating comedy of amorous complications and modern morals in the very middle of his forty year career. The two cities are Macau, where a love quartet is the source for sexy merriment, and Hong Kong, where a gambler tells a charming woman why there are four shackles hanging from his apartment ceiling!