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Gui hua hu (1991)
Cheap cat III erotica
Like the movie Erotic Ghost Story, this movie is based on the Chinese folklore of the three female fox spirits who gain their nourishment by seducing and drinking the blood of men.
Hawk Shi Yu is an apprentice Taoist priest who marries Emily Chu (it is difficult to believe that this is the same actress from Rouge). He saves the life of Chien Chien, the youngest of the three spirit sisters and she falls in love with him. Middle sister Lily becomes jealous and tries to trick Elder sister into breaking them apart so that she can have him, while Elder sister wants to kill him for his blood. A further complication to the plot are three children, who are hopping vampires, who come to the rescue of Hawk Shi Yu and Emily with the aid of Guk Fung, their big brother vampire. Finally Shi Yu's mentor, the Taoist priest, aids in vanquishing the spirits.
This is very confusing, cheap cat III erotica with very lengthy sex scenes concentrating on the buxom Elder sister but showing little variation or titillation. With poor cinematography and production values, it should only appeal to die-hard cat III fans.
Sha jian O niang (1995)
A misleading title is the introduction to this movie which has the unbelievable premise that a group of five attractive undercover police women will do anything to capture a drug baron. I do not know who or what is the raping murderer but there are plenty of sex scenes to keep your interest.
If you can overlook the poor production values and wooden acting, you will be compensated by plenty of full frontal nudity. Quite often in Cat III movies they will wheel in some anonymous chunky starlets chosen more for their bulk than for their aesthetic qualities (see Blood Sorcery for a particularly unattractive beauty) but this time they are passable and plentiful and that is the best thing about this movie to make it watchable.
The scene that sticks in the mind is where the undercover policewoman must make love to the drug trafficker to find out where the drugs are hidden. Talk about going beyond the call of duty and the look of disgust on her face is palpable. Agent 105 Orchard is the pick of the group and is quite attractive but her acting in the sex scenes is disinterested and consists of a lot of bouncing up and down but no interaction with her co-star
Apart from Lee Chung Ling it is difficult to identify the other actors.
Xing huo keng ru yan (1995)
These maids are no Joan of Arc
Set in Taiwan, these maids of passion are prostitutes who bare all.
At the beginning the movie looks distinctly unpromising. Kwan, a cocky young man, speaks to the camera explaining that, in order to succeed, you became a jockey at the Hong Kong Jockey Club or you went to Taiwan. In a theatrical performance in a brothel, he attempts to persuade the brothel madam Chi to give him a chance in the business. The madam was one of those little girl type characters, so beloved of HK movies, with a pout and whining voice ... surely she would not have succeeded in this business like that. He takes one of the girls May under his wing and turns her into one of the most successful girls in the business. He also falls in with a girl whose gambling addiction was her downfall and she too becomes a prostitute to repay her debts. Inevitably the two girls fall in love with Kwan.
But once the clothes are shed, like autumn leaves they keep on falling. The three females are young, slim and attractive but their performances are wooden. Actresses in Hong Kong cat III movies are chosen firstly for their willingness to participate in the more daring scenes, secondly for their physical appearance and then finally for their thespian talents
Jiao zi (2004)
Where is Bette Davis?
1940's womens picture about the loss of beauty by a middle aged woman and her fear that she is losing her attractiveness to her philandering husband. To counter this, she takes some special dumplings with an unknown magical ingredient and, like Faust who sold his soul, there is an unexpected price to be paid. Very little happens in this slow paced movie by indie director Fruit Chan. The cinematography by Chris Doyle is lush but in the scenes of the poor apartment areas of Hong Kong, there is a surreal air of Hollywood studio glamour where everything is spotless and the normal hustle and bustle of Hong Kong is absent. The quest for beauty is a ride into the unknown.
She yao shen ling (1994)
Anything with Charlie Cho will be cheap and cheerful
Aimed squarely at the South East Asian market and filmed in Thailand, it concerns the King of the snake monsters who is trying to change into human form. His adversary is Charlie Cho who owns a popular restaurant which specialises in snake soup which cures various health problems such as rheumatism, and the consumption of snake meat has given Charlie lustful urges which he satisfies on a number of local girls.
The King of the snake monster tries to protect his snakes from the restaurant's snake collectors but is defeated by a Taoist priest. However with the help of Charlie's daughter, he is successful in gaining human form and this leads to the final battle with another priest
Poor acting, a cobbled script, low production values, risible special effects ... it reminds me of Australian movies. The extensive use of amateurs in minor speaking roles must have seemed a good idea at the time but their wooden performances are painful to watch
Difficult to believe that it was made in 1999, it is so poor
Sing nou (1993)
Nothing special as Chinese police come to Hong Kong
Although made in 1995 the production values are poor betraying its low budget origins. The teaming of HK stalwarts Waise Lee and Wu Ma, mugging outrageously, ensure that the acting is competent although I am still trying to identify Yukari Oshima.
The plot was confusing but involved a team of two male and one female Mainland police coming to Hong Kong to catch a group of kidnappers bringing women in for immoral purposes. Their Hong Kong counterparts are Waise Lee and Lee Lai Yue, the sister of Loletta Lee. The broad comedy at the expense of the unsophisticated mainlanders is laid on, including the old stale joke that they cannot use a toilet properly and that they leave it in a disgusting state. Did I tell you how they use a vibrator to brush their teeth.
Softcore scenes are inserted at various stages to depict the hapless plight of the kidnapped women who are forced into sexual training for their future
The finale is a lacklustre battle as the freed women overcome their captors and the mainland and Hong Kong police rejoice in their partnership before 1997.
Yin yao hao qing (1992)
A word of warning
Firstly this movie contains graphic shots of transsexuals so if you are offended, you have been warned. Otherwise it it a mishmash of violence, kungfu and sex and concerns a gun smuggling operation in Thailand. Carrie Ng of 'Naked Killer' fame must have taken the money and run as her role of a housewife who is kidnapped is minor and the main attraction of this movie are the kungfu fights between the Chin brothers which are spectacular.
Ging bin (1996)
Powerful psychological mystery
Upon its release this movie caused a minor sensation as it was the first time that Irene Man a Hong Kong television actress had appeared nude on the screen. Herman Yau, the director of 'The Untold Story', grabs our attention from the first scene as the body of a woman comes crashing down onto the roof of a car and this sets the scene for a powerful psychological mystery. Although rated only a cat IIB movie there are scenes of sex and violence and I am surprised that it did not get a cat III rating. Be warned that there two scenes of violence which may prove disturbing.
Bu wen nu xue tang (1994)
If you liked Porky's
Raunchy teen comedy in the tradition of a long line of films ranging from Porky's to American Pie in which we have a group of horny adolescents both male and female desperately trying to get laid and the males ogling their female classmates.
A high school boy releases a ghost from its 400 year imprisonment in a jar. The ghost must atone for the sins of a philandering past by performing a good deed otherwise he will not reincarnate. Mix in the shower scene from Porky's, an evil developer who wishes to close their school and sell the land and a basketball game to save the school and you have a movie to appeal to your typical teen audience.
In summary, there is a lot of nudity, sex and comedy done in a lighthearted manner and it is a fun little movie.
Xiang Gang jian sha ji an (1992)
Graphic depiction of rape
This is a little gem of a movie like the underrated 'Six Devil Women' and is not widely known. It is another entry from the golden era of Hong Kong cat III movies and tells the story of a series of brutal rape murders told through the eyes of one of its protagonists Kang.
At the beginning of the movie a raped and murdered body is found and Kang is arrested. The police investigation is shown in all its brutality and during questioning, his life is told in flashback. It begins with his parents' separation and his unhappy childhood. He falls in with a group of unsavoury petty criminals and quickly joins their lifestyle of crime and prostitutes, and things get no better when he discovers that a prostitute being used by his friends is his mother. His life improves when his best friend Chi returns from the United States, he meets a sweet girl Kitty and he tries to make an honest living by washing car windscreens. A series of misfortunes plunges him into violence and the inevitable climax
In summary, if you can handle the quite graphic depictions of rape, it becomes a sympathetic display of circumstances that lead an individual to a life of crime. The movie pulls no punches and there are sensationalised scenes of sex, rape and violence but it does not go over the top like the psychopath in Dr Lamb.