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The Kiss of Death (1973)

Du nu (original title)
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Ping Chen ...
Chu Ling
Lieh Lo ...
Wong Ta (as Loh Lieh)
Ching Chen ...
Yang Fei Hung (as Lily Chen Ching)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shen Chan ...
'Atom'
Shao-Lin Chiang ...
Gambler
Tao Chiang ...
'Crocodile'
Mei Sheng Fan ...
Wang Tai (as Fan Mui Sheng)
Ging Man Fung ...
Casino assistant #2
Ricky Hui
Shiu Hung Hui ...
'Pimp'
Ka Ting Lee ...
Harassing patron #1
Sau Kei Lee ...
Nightclub manager
Ke Ming Lin ...
Harassing patron #2
Wen-Wei Lin
Han Lo ...
Restroom mugging victim
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'Vietnam Rose', the name of the lethal venereal disease that actress 'Chen Ping''s character contracted as a victim of a brutal gang rape by a group of thugs was also considered by Shaw Brothers to be the original English title for the feature 'Du nu' until social activists complained to the studio that the negative connotation of the title was discriminatory and reactionary towards the ethnic Vietnamese community during a time when the growing influx of war refugees populating Hong Kong en-masse after the fall of Saigon. A not too subtle message mirroring then current events where the film's elements and lurid subject matter would became an indirect metaphor for the politically charged issue of illegal immigration and anti-immigrant sentiment in the former colony. The English title for 'Du nu' would ultimately be changed to 'The Kiss of Death'. See more »

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Great set-up for a sleaze pic, lacklustre execution
12 November 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Chen Ping is fiercely convincing and Lieh Lo steals every scene he's in, but Ho Meng-hua's "Kiss of Death" is not great film-making.

The "kiss of death" is the venereal disease Chen Ping catches when she is viciously gang-raped by a group of low level criminals. After learning that her VD ("Vietnam Rose") is incurable, she decides to kill her rapists and begs Lieh Lo to teach her how to do it in style.

For a sleaze pic, the set-up is perfect and the structure was borrowed for "Kill Bill". Unfortunately, the execution is not so perfect. The action scenes are jagged and unconvincing at times and director Ho Meng-hua has trouble maintaining the momentum. The film stops dead at regular intervals and takes irrelevant detours that do not add anything to the pace or wafer-thin characterization.

There is an oily subplot involving the spiking of drinks and women forced into pornography. Leads excepted, the performances are wildly uneven and over-the-top, although the sleaziest characters come across with conviction.

The film's score and "sting" sound effects perfectly compliment the style. 'Tis a pity a little more professionalism was not applied to the script and staging; several shots are also out of focus.

Recommended for sleaze fans, but best to lower your expectations. Chen Ping shined much brighter in the far superior "The Sexy Killer" ("Du Hou Mi Shi").


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