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Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972)

Ai nu (original title)
The Four Seasons Brothel is run by a ruthless madam, Lady Chun Yi. Countless young girls have been kidnapped or bought and then sold into a life of servitude, prostitution, and torture at ... See full summary »

Director:

Yuen Chor (as Chu Yuan)

Writer:

Kang Chien Chiu
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lily Ho ... Ai Nu
Hua Yueh ... Chi Te
Betty Pei Ti ... Chun Yi
Lin Tung ... Pao Hu
Chung-Shan Wan ... Yeh Shun-tzu
Mei Sheng Fan ... Wu Hua-tien
Wen-Chung Ku ... Chao Wen-chien
Shen Chan ... Li Chang-an
Mien Fang ... Wei Chien-chung
Hao Chen ... Liao Kuo-kuang
Hao Li ... Chou Hai
Ching Ho Wang ... Lord Chao's Physican
Peng Peng ... Constable
Ling Chiang ... Courtesan
Kang Ho ... Wu's crew
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The Four Seasons Brothel is run by a ruthless madam, Lady Chun Yi. Countless young girls have been kidnapped or bought and then sold into a life of servitude, prostitution, and torture at this brothel. Ai Nu, an honest, but poor family's only daughter, is one of the newest girls that was recently kidnapped and sold to Lady Chun. To complicate matters even more, Lady Chun is a lesbian and quickly falls in love with the virginal Ai Nu, who will not let her spirit be broken and tries to escape again and again. This causes Lady Chun to use all of her resources to break her, including auctioning off Ai Nu's virginity to a group of wealthy businessmen. She eventually entrusts Ai Nu with a number of ancient kung-fu secrets like the Ghost Hands, which allows you to thrust your fists into an opponent's chest. Soon after murder erupts within the brothel. A diligent detective, Chi Te, visits the brothel and becomes increasingly involved in the murder investigation. He realizes he must do ... Written by GRAYnonstop

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a classic, shockingly erotic
8 October 2003 | by law82See all my reviews

This movie is much more than I expected, the 70s mainstream movie by a mainstream director has more eroticism and violence in it than most movies dared now. However, it is not a movie that simply tries to shock and push boundaries, it is a movie about injustice done to women and poor while the persecutor only care for the rich. The revenge story is restrained at first deliberately and the revenge escalates into a full blood bath at the end when Ai Nu finally let all of her fury comes out, it is easy to see the feminist movement connection.

I also thought the cinematography is beautiful, especially at the beginning when camera captures the slow dance of Ai Nu in contrast to the corpse covered by snow.

The fight scene is also rather good. In other words, a perfect 10/10.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

9 July 1972 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ai Nu, esclave de l'amour See more »

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(PAL DVD) | (1974)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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