ASIAN VALUES DVD REVIEW
A Shaw erotic
film starring Li Ching? That should either pique your interest
or send you scuttling away. Yes, the Asian movie queen is involved
in a sex scene. But whether she is in the nude is left to the
viewer's imagination - her vital parts are concealed under the
blanket. But then, no one would have expected her to show so much
and writer Lui Kei (the film lists him as Lu Chi) is better known
to fans of '60s Cantonese movies (he starred opposite Connie Chan
Poh Choo) and is the subject of a spoof by actor Tony Leung Kar-Fai
in The Legendary La Rose Noire (1992). Here, he is probably drawn
by the success of such Triple-X fare as the 1970 Swedish Fly Girls
(which sported Sandy Denny on the soundtrack) and Sexy Girls Of
Denmark looks like an attempt to cash in on the permissiveness
in Scandinavian countries (known for free sex).
Baby Queen Li Ching (left).
has been touted as one of the Shaw movies that was shot on location
- and there are lots of touristic shots - but that is certainly
not the film's main draw. For genre fans, there is enough sex
and skin in Sexy Girls to warrant the erotic moniker - consider
it Danish desserts then - though the film is seriously let down
by its weak dialogue and is even dull compared to more exuberant
compatriots such as The Kiss Of Death.
(Tsung Hua) is the scion of a rich family sent to Copenhagen to
close a business deal. He has to choose between three competing
companies and to vie for his attention; two of the companies decide
to seduce the young man from Hongkong with the womanly charms
of blonde Danish beauties. After all, isn't that what all Asian
men on business trips really want?
is one of the girls. Tove must have decided to try her luck in
Asia as she also appeared in Shaw's Bamboo House Of Dolls (1973)
and the two films helped to create some sort of celebrity status
for her. In this film she is a porn actress who gives the Asian
visitor a good time. It isn't long before the two are in bed together
but before that, viewers have to watch Tsung do a slow dance with
Tove to an instrumental version of Bread's Make It With You (midway
through Tove comments: "Have you got a torch in your pocket?"
- yes, we can hear the groan) and sit through an extended toilet
joke (this is where the fast forward button comes in handy). Any
further romance between the two is dashed when Tove refuses to
give up her work for Tsung and the young man turns his attention
to Ms Fang (Li Ching), an Asian based in Copenhagen.
Brite Tove (left) and Tsung Hua.
Probably considered "proper" actors and actresses, the sex act
between Tsung Hua and Li Ching is substituted - there is really
no other word for it - by a fight scene between the two in period
costumes (Shaws really needed to reuse their own backlots) with
Tsung piercing Li, with his spear, and leaving the latter in a
state of ecstasy, to be followed by some of the most cliched images
of sex-on-screen ever (rolling waves and blooming flowers - earlier
on, it was a shot of cannons with explosions going off in the
background). While the scene isn't clumsily shot, it is likely
to draw huge laughs and guffaws today.
with Sexy Girls Of Denmark is that Lui can't decide whether to
make a straight melodrama or a comedy. The resulting movie often
veers into comedic territory (the Fung family is comedic per se
- the father, who runs a film company, is playfully subservient
to his wife; the fact that he may be a womaniser is glossed over
or that he might have a cache of porn movies in his study isn't
Or take a
look at Fung's arrival in Denmark. Dressed in traditional garb
with a scarf, Tsung looks decidedly out of place in modern Denmark.
Instead of underlining the notion of a stranger-in-a-strange-land,
Tsung looks ridiculous as which young man would travel half-way
round the world dressed like that?
And while Tsung may not have warmed up to the allure of the Swedish
girls; he tries (at first) to escape their attention and clutches
by the sort of wiles that are more suited to a cartoon (like hiding
behind a table) and even does the dishonourable thing by fainting
after hugging one of the girls who has just exposed her pendulous
breasts to him! It would have simplified matters if he had just
said "No" but of course, that would have jettisoned the film to
a different direction.
The comedy of manners continues in another scene where Karen Yip
Ling Chi (who plays Tsung's sister) visits a public bath in Copenhagen.
Narratively, the scene goes nowhere other than to showcase a bevy
of naked girls. It must be mentioned that Yip had a towel wrapped
But for all
the philandering Tsung does, Sexy Girls Of Denmark is downright
old-fashioned at heart. It does not celebrate the independence
of Brite Tove (she is the one who makes the decisions) and while
it doesn't go so far as to paint everything that is western as
decadent (and bad), it does put the shackles on free love by having
the independent Li Ching following Tsung back to Hongkong and,
as viewers can surmise, an existence as a "second-class" female
in a traditional Asian society. She should be asking the very
question that Tove raised: "You can't offer anything better than
I have. I like it here. Why should I go to Hong Kong?É I want
to come and go as it pleases me, including going to bed if I want
to." For that, Tove got slapped in the face.
The Sexy Girls Of Denmark DVD is not available in $ingapore.
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