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Subject: Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan
From: AdiTantimedh (ADITANTIMEDH)
DateTime: 12/02/2004 08:13:25
INTIMATE CONFESSIONS OF A CHINESE COURTESAN
One of the crown jewels in the Shaw Brothers archive, this is also their first softcore exploitation movie, and one of the most influential Hong Kong movies ever made.
And it is utterly hysterical. In bright, restored colours and Shawscope!
Ainu is a wilful peasant girl abducted by brigands and sold into a brothel. The lesbian madam falls in love with her defiance and resistance and takes her under her wing, after the requisite rapes and deflowerings and breaking of her will first, of course. The madam teaches her all everything in the Art of Love and Martial Arts and their love blossoms.
But unbeknownst to her, Ainu still has vengeance in her heart, and plots an elaborate revenge that will doom them all.
The softcore is incredibly tame, almost quaint when compared to the front page of any British tabloid newspaper these days, but there's an almost Sadean glee in the cruelty and transgression on display in the movie. The melodrama is at fever pitch as Ainu poisons and fucks her johns to death and the Old School Kung Fu fights still hold up and are great fun. You have to bear in mind that ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS, hadn't been made yet, and no one in Asia had even seen any of the underground sexploitation movies from the US to understand how surprising and shocking this movie is, and it's also the first Queer Asian Movie.
I won't say I love this movie, but it's more than a passing curio, and mainstream movies would be in a lot better shape if every director made it a point to be this entertaining.
If nothing else, it does teach you that it's generally a bad idea to let a lesbian, kung-fu, brothel madam stab her fingers through your liver.
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