Tuesday, October 1, 2013
INTIMATE CONFESSIONS OF A CHINESE COURTESAN (1972)
This classic Shaw Brothers kung-fu movie concerns a madam at a whorehouse and some kidnapped whores, which is a pretty unusual plot and setting for a Shaw Bros. film, making this a sort of martial-arts/sex-flick hybrid. The first half of the film is pretty light on the kung-fu'ing and almost seems like a bit of a women-in-prison kind of situation with some blatant lesbianism thrown in for added fun. There's also some not very explicit, and pretty goofy, rape in this part. The martial-arts action eventually does heat up though and it becomes an ass-kicking rape/revenge flick and by the last half hour limbs are getting hacked off, swords are slashing bodies and blood is spraying against walls. Also our main bad-gal/madam has long sharp fingernails that she uses like Wolverine's claws. This is a good flick for kung-fu fans who have seen a lot of Shaw stuff and want something different. Unexpectedly Pink Floyd shows up on the soundtrack for a bit.