ASIAN VALUES DVD REVIEW
Forbidden Tales Of Two Cities did not dampen Shaw Brothers' enthusiasm
for erotic movies nor did it adversely affect the prominent Li
Han-Hsiang's status as a director. In fact, one could say that
Li bounced back with even more popular erotic movies such as The
Golden Lotus (1974) and That's Adultery (1975) or key classical
films such as Empress Dowager (1975) and The Last Tempest (1976).
By this time,
Li could probably direct these films with ease. He had a formula
that worked - instead of one story, his erotic films contained
two or more segments. And he had a regular cast consisting of
sexpots Shirley Yu, Chen Ping and Hu Chin.
Crazy Sex is no different. Drugs, sex, double-cross are already
a heady brew and, with the machinations of a Ku Lung wu xia
novel (with enough twists and turns to keep everyone on their
toes), the first story is an entertaining tease. Shirley Yu is
suspected of being a police informer on a drug ring and she is
taken to a hotel room and tied up. Henchwoman Lily Li, in her
knee-length boots, opens up Yu's blouse and the audience is led
to expect some Ilsa, Wicked Warden-type of lesbian sex. But that's
about it though this is followed by a "torture" sequence involving
some mites or insects that has the bare-bosomed Yu moaning and
groaning away (to a disco soundtrack no less). Taking a liking
to her, crime boss Wang Hsia decides to join Yu in bed (and the
two are secretly videotaped).
Yu (left) and Wang Hsia.
It then transpires
that Wang took over the gang when the previous boss was jailed.
Wang not only took over control of the drug ring, he got the boss's
wife and property. However there is a provision that the assets
will go to a third party if either the wife (played by Chen Ping)
or Wang is involved in an adulterous affair. More sexual interludes
follow and eventually both Wang and his wife are blackmailed into
signing away HK$4 million. What happens next is a twist upon another
twist for an ending that says crime, in whatever form, does not
The second story, set in the Warlord days, is more fleshy and
also much more cinematically accomplished. In a crowded corner
of the town, jeweller Li Kun stays with his wife, Hu Chin, in
a house next to a brothel. In an impressive tracking shot, director
Li takes the viewer on a tour of eight brothel rooms and the audience
sees the prostitutes at work - some of whom are either welcoming
their clients or bidding them farewell, naturally most of the
women are in some sort of undress.
Chin (left) in a playful mood.
Hu Chin has
the hots for a young artist, who lives next door, while in a separate
development, Li Kun, in a pre-Viagra move, gets a huge appetite
for sex after taking some aphrodisiac by mistake. While this ruse
is such a cliché, audiences will tend to overlook it as
there are more enticing moments on screen. Still, the director
seemed to have missed out on the potential for great comedy in
a fake possession sequence that has Hu Chin contriving to get
Li Kun out of the house for her dalliance with the artist.
Once again, Hu Chin and Chen Ping are called upon to lend their
charms to the movie and they do not disappoint. Chen Ping's role
is much smaller in the second story - she plays a prostitute who
attends to Li Kun as Hu Chin is having it on with the artist.
While both stories are nothing to shout about, they are still
delectable entertainment, giving enough nudity and sex for that
erotic Shaw moniker and there is enough thought to the script
and staging for the movie not to be boring. As Variety magazine
says, "Sex still sells in-between Shaolin monasteries and kung
as this bedroom romp proves."
The Crazy Sex DVD is not available in $ingapore.