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The plot is basically about a corrupt brothel who steals women and sells them into prostitution. The madam, played by the beautiful Lily Ho, prefers only women for intimacy and comes across a fiery girl, played by Betty Pei Ti, as she grows quite fond of her. Betty on the other hand fights against the system, trying to retain her freedom. But when a failed escape arises and a male servant is killed in the process, Betty conforms as Lily's lover and a call girl at the brothel.Read more ›
The swordplay is quite good for 1972, and it gets pretty bloody.
The picture quality on the Image DVD is pretty much perfect, and both the English and Chinese language tracks sound great. Image Entertaiment has included the English dub on their last 3 Shaw Brothers releases. I sure hope they continue this trend.
The story of a young girl abducted and sold into prostitution, this is exploitation cinema pushed to the level of High Art. Ai Nu's early time at the brothel is hellish, and we see the seediness and brutality behind the scenes - so often in wuxia, the brothel, as a concept, serves as an elegant dreamland, an escape from the dreary outside world and a rest from the brutality of the "jiang hu." Here, we see it all from the back, and it looks like a meat grinder. Ai Nu becomes increasingly hopeless and broken, until an act of kindness from an unexpected party offers her the chance for escape and maybe even revenge.
Even that turns out to be an illusion - yet another cliche' turned on its head by this groundbreaking film. After Ai Nu's failed escape, she seemingly realizes the futility of it all, and the power and wealth she could achieve if she simply goes along with the Madam, played by the equally gorgeous and sinister Betty Pei Ti. And then all hell breaks loose - slowly at first, then with increasing intensity until the jaw-dropping finale at the brothel, where all accounts get SETTLED. I've seen a whole lotta wuxia, and this is definitely top three for the intensity and power of its finale.
The romantic relationship between Lily Ho's Ai Nu and Betty Pei Ti's Chun Yi, and the friendship that begins to bloom between Ai Nu and the officer Chi Te (the always likable Yueh Hua) bring a human warmth to what would otherwise be an inhuman (though thrilling) film.Read more ›
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Such an AMAZING FILM. A CLASSIC. Great Cast. directing. costumes. storyline. plot. Acting. oh..and of course the martial arts was PHENOMENAL!! Read morePublished 17 months ago by amara senesourinh
the DVD quality wasn't very good, stopped so many times I finanlly gave up. didn't finish the movie.
Movie itself might be a good one - if I can finish watching it...
This was shown in fairly complete well-dubbed form as a memorable supporting feature in a few British cinemas when it was still quite new. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by profmax