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The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak (1984)

Gwendoline (original title)
Gwendoline arrives in China in a box, and is helped out of her immediate predicament by a female contact and a devil-may-care adventurer. She's on a mission to find her father, who was last... See full summary »

Director:

Just Jaeckin

Writers:

Just Jaeckin (screenplay), John Willie (comic strip by: The Adventures of Sweet Gwendolyn)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tawny Kitaen ... Gwendoline
Brent Huff ... Willard
Zabou Breitman ... Beth (as Zabou)
Bernadette Lafont ... The Queen
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... D'Arcy
Roland Amstutz Roland Amstutz
Stanley Kapoul Stanley Kapoul ... (as Jean Stanislas Capoul)
Chen Chang Ching Chen Chang Ching
Vernon Dobtcheff
André Julien André Julien ... Tom (as Andre Julien)
Takashi Kawahara Takashi Kawahara
Kristopher Kum Kristopher Kum
Loi Lam Duc Loi Lam Duc
Maurice Lamy Maurice Lamy
Jim Adhi Limas Jim Adhi Limas
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Storyline

Gwendoline arrives in China in a box, and is helped out of her immediate predicament by a female contact and a devil-may-care adventurer. She's on a mission to find her father, who was last seen searching for a rare butterfly in the Land of the Yik Yak. They confront the evil Cheops in an attempt to find Gwen's lost father and the butterfly, and face many other challenges to their mission. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

Outrageous adventures in the Kingdom of Women See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,337,274, 27 January 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,337,274, 27 January 1985
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Hong Kong scenes were shot on a set. See more »

Goofs

During the fight scene on the river between Willard's boat and the Chinamen's Junk, one of the subtitles shows a character's line and then follows it with the word "Bible?" which has no relevance to anything on the screen and seems to refer back to a line at the start of the film. See more »

Quotes

Beth: Now Gwendoline must kill Gwendoline.
[Gwendoline puts on a dead guard's helmet]
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Alternate Versions

For the original theatrical release, the BBFC required 3m 14s worth of cuts. For the video release, 2m 51s were cut. In 2005, all previous cuts were waived for the DVD release. See more »


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Rue Chinoise
Written and Performed by Pierre Bachelet
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Fun film
22 October 2003 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

THE PERILS OF GWENDOLINE IN THE LAND OF THE YIK YAK (phew!) is a real guilty pleasure of mine. I like this movie a lot. In fact, I'll tell you the things I don't like first: the "upbeat" music is annoying (the one that they use during action scenes). The ending is too abrupt. The editing is very sloppy. Some of the dialogue IS infantile. And Bernadette Lafont is not my favorite French actress. That's it. I like the rest of this Just Jaeckin flick.

The music, except for the annoying action bits, is excellent. The cast is uniformly attractive and game for all the S&M shenanigans. Tawny is perfectly cast and has that youthful, almost girlish charm about her that was needed for the role of Gwendoline. And I'm surprised Brent Huff's career didn't go anywhere after this. He's as good as any Ben Affleck (arf!). And the acting, as bad as it is, is perfect for this kind of movie. Don't except Meryl Streep acting in a story like this. I can't wait for GWENDOLINE to be on DVD, with widescreen presentation. It's a unique movie that they just don't make anymore and it's pure eye candy.


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