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Athena
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Chen Pamok
Ken Scott ...
Dr. John Richter
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Chioko
Benson Fong ...
Gung Sa
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Susette
John Morley ...
Dr. Jacques Minelle
Gerry Gaylor ...
Greta
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Greta Chi ...
Yoette
Linda Wong ...
Ming Cha
Irish McCalla ...
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Cinque vie per l'inferno  »

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Shabby little shocker
17 January 2005 | by (Boulder, Colorado) – See all my reviews

George Bernard Shaw once referred to Puccini's Tosca as that "shabby little shocker." That's an apt description for this Vietnam war film written and directed by James Clavell. Every manner of atrocity is committed in this unredeemable mess: garroting, rape, human boiling, crucifixion, pick-ax murder, and of course point blank shooting. Sure, it's a bloody war, but Clavell goes for the obvious sensational effect, without meaningful human values, much in the same way we've seen more recently in slasher pics.

Clavell manages to elicit terrible performances from his usually-commendable team of actors. Patricia Owens as a cynical nurse and Shirley Knight as a sanctimonious nun win the awards for bad acting against fierce competition. And for all the murders he commits, the usually tough Neville Brand is surprisingly innocuous, although it doesn't help that he's forced to play a Vietnamese leader. Greta Chi gives the best performance; doesn't that say it all?

There's some consolation at the end of the film when the women take arms against their captors. It's rather cathartic, I have to admit. But for sheer unpleasantness for most of its running time, this is a movie to avoid.


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