Hong Kong Digital
is a recurring series of movie reviews by John Charles -- associate
editor / film reviewer for Video Watchdog magazine and the author
of The Hong Kong Filmography.
Chinese Erotic Movies
(1997; Golden Dream Factory Series)
Cover art courtesy Spice Eight Group.
Definitely Not Recommended
kwok sing hei gwoon
guo xing xi guan
Sex Films Display
This so-called documentary claims to be a primer in ancient Chinese sexual
practices but is really just an excuse to string together "the good
parts" from the period softcore productions SEX AND ZEN (1991), EROTIC
GHOST STORY I-III (1990 / 1991 / 1992), and CONFESSIONS OF A CONCUBINE
(1975). The program is broken down into several sections, bridged by smarmy
narration from someone doing an Eric Tsang Chi-wai imitation. These include
a look at how prostitutes of the time were trained in special exercises
and techniques that would keep their clients coming back for more, the
deflowering of virgins, lesbianism, penis transplantation (bet you didn't
know it had a long history in China, did you?), self-gratification, etc.
The actresses featured in the erotic scenes include Amy Yip Chi-mei, Chik
King-man, Isabella Chow Wang, Pauline Chan Po-lin, Rena Murakami, Kiyoko
Kamimura, and 70s favorite Yum Yum Shaw.
Isabella Chow and Lawrence Ng. Image courtesy
Spice Eight Group.
Click here for an image of Kiyoko Kamimura in EROTIC
GHOST STORY -- nudity (courtesy Spice Eight Group)
Aside from providing a look at CONFESSIONS OF A CONCUBINE (not available
on DVD), Brian Chung's CHINESE EROTIC MOVIES will not be of much interest
to those who already own copies of the films condensed therein. However,
if you indeed only want "the good parts," most of the highlights
from these pictures are incorporated, though the minimal chapter coding
does not make it very easy to find them. There is nothing especially imaginative
or accomplished about the way the clips have been assembled, though the
voiceover script does provide a handy glossary of sexual slang like "Rubbing
Bean Curd," "Old Man Pushing a Cart, Hanging Drum,
and God Passes Iron Bridge.
Spice Eight Group (Mega Star) #MS/DVD/307/JP (Hong
Dolby Digital 5.1
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Optional Subtitles In English, Chinese (Traditional or Simplified),
Japanese, and Korean
9 Chapters Illustrated In the Menu With Stills
Coded for ALL Regions
Contains non-stop nudity and moderate sexual content, and brief
DVD menu courtesy Spice Eight Group.
Board Ratings and Consumer Advice
Hong Kong: OAT II (the disc would get C-III, if officially submitted
for a rating)
movie was rated by an alternate classification system used for videos
that have not been submitted for the Category rating system.
As you would expect from a compilation program, picture quality
varies. Colors and contrasts are generally passable and there is
occasional wear on the source prints (particularly in the case of
CONCUBINE, the oldest production here). EROTIC GHOST STORY II comes
off best, with its kaleidoscope of colors well-rendered. SEX AND
ZEN, EROTIC GHOST STORY, and CONCUBINE are all cropped to fullscreen,
while the other two are presented in a good approximation of their
original 1.85:1 ratios. The sound mix is largely just "wide
mono" and undistinguished. For whatever reason, some of the
dialogue, sound effects, and music in each movie have been replaced;
in the case of CONCUBINE, the visuals are all that remain of the
original production. English subtitle translation is only fair and
the timing is off by as much as a second in spots. The disc includes
a Chinese / English menu and one solely in Japanese, a video promo
derived solely from the first two minutes of the program, and theatrical
trailers for SEX AND ZEN and EROTIC GHOST STORY I & II. Mega
Star's name appears nowhere on the presentation or the packaging
but this is clearly one of their products and even has one of the
company's Japanese catalogue numbers. The keep case carries the
copyguard symbol but the disc is not encoded with Macrovision.
CHINESE EROTIC MOVIES is available at Poker