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Release Date:
April 1977 (USA) See more »
She starts where Emmanuelle left off [UK]
Olivia Pascal stars as Vanessa who was raised in a convent after the death of her parents. Due to an... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Probably Hubert Frank's best film See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Olivia Pascal ... Vanessa
Anton Diffring ... Cooper
Uschi Zech ... Jackie
Günter Clemens ... Adrian
Eva Eden ... Clé
Henry Heller
Eva Leuze
Astrid Boner ... Oberin
Gisela Krauss ... Hilda
Peter M. Krueger
Tom Garven
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Otto Retzer ... Machetenbesitzer (uncredited)

Directed by
Hubert Frank 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joos De Ridder 

Produced by
Karl Spiehs .... producer
Original Music by
Mathilde Basedow 
Gerhard Heinz 
Cinematography by
Franz Xaver Lederle  (as Franz X. Lederle)
Film Editing by
Mimi Werkmann 
Eva Zeyn 

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-18 | Norway:18 (1983) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:X | USA:R (edited for re-rating) (1979) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Jackie:All religious writings are pornographic.See more »
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Probably Hubert Frank's best film, 19 November 2009
Author: augustian from United Kingdom

This film has been compared, wrongly I think, to Emmanuelle. The seventies saw the start of the explicit erotic drama and there were quite a few examples of the genre. A number of them were centred on sweet young innocents being catapulted into a world of sex and sleaze in exotic locations; Island of 1000 Delights (also by Hubert Frank) and John D. Lamond's Felicity are two other noteworthy titles.

On being told of her father's death and that she has inherited his estate, the eponymous Vanessa (Olivia Pascal) must travel to Hong Kong to claim her inheritance. It is not that simple though. The estate is run by Adrian who believes that he should have the farm because he is the farming expert. Into this conflict is Adrian's voodoo practising girlfriend and Vanessa's uncle Kenneth (Anton Diffring) who has a disturbing hobby of sadism, and a wife who is having an affair. A friend of the family, Prince Banda can hypnotise people to do perverted things. Erotic films are not complete without a bit of lesbianism and this is provided by Jaqui (Uschi Zech) who takes more than a friendly interest in Vanessa. It all sounds a bit of a hash but Hubert Frank gets it to work very well.

The DVD on which this review is based contains an interview with Hubert Frank who says that he does a lot of improvisation while filming. This could explain a lack of continuity in parts; after Adrian tries to force himself on to Vanessa, she does not seem to be too perturbed by the experience in the following scene. A plus point is the location filming in Hong Kong. The scenes of the city and environs make good archive material. The castle at the start of the film is Schloss Kufstein in Austria. For the red-blooded male there is nudity aplenty from the ladies, so despite some misgivings it deserves 7 stars.

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