ASIAN VALUES DVD REVIEW
War II and singer Kwong Mei Bo is on the run with her husband
and son. Seeking refuge at the Tao mansion, they are betrayed
by old master Tao. Kwong is raped by the Japanese commander and
her family killed. Seeing a shocked Kwong, old master Tao takes
advantage of the situation and rapes Kwong before killing her
for her money and jewels. The old man says "Don't be too sad.
These are rough times... That Japanese is ruthless..." before
penetrating her from behind." When he's finished with her, he
adds: "Being a woman is not easy..." Needless to say, with her
dying breath, Kwong vows vengeance on the old man.
to the present. Goo Goon Chung is a descendant of the Tao family
and is a diehard gambler. To settle his debts, he sells the dilapidated
Tao mansion to Liu Yung and his family (wife Chin Wai Yee and
son Leung Jun Git). Strange things start to happen after Liu moves
into the mansion - family and friends levitate in the air, Chin
is attacked by the fridge, and son gets sucked into another dimension
via an old well. Thanks to the help of an exorcist, the family
is reunited but not before Goo takes off with Kwong's jewel case.
Mei Bo (left) gets her clothes torn off by Japanese commandant
(played by Ko Fei).
can clear his debts, Goo runs into Kwong and the two end up having
sex. During their lovemaking, Goo accidentally looks into the
mirror and realises he is having sex with a ghost.
Sex Beyond The Grave (1984), is enticing enough and the opening
rape scene - though nothing is revealed - helps sets the mood.
Then right smack in the middle of the movie, Goo the gambler has
a windfall and is introduced to a Las Vegas showgirl who does
a strip dance for him. Like Hex with its nude dance tagged at
the end, the nude dance here only adds to the sexism of the movie.
The more erotic moment is the steamy sex between Goo and Kwong,
but it is soon marred by the attempt to make it silly and comedic
(after Goo discovers he is dealing with a ghost... or is that
seeding a ghost?).
Goon Chung... up close and direct.
seems to be the problem with the movie - it doesn't know whether
to be serious or a comedy; an adult movie or family fare; melodramatic
or sexy or just plain exploitative. That two directors - Chiu
Chun-keung and Li Tai-heng - worked on this might suggest there
were some production problems involved (after all, this is no
cast-of-a-thousand Water Margin epic) and the resulting movie
is somewhat patchy. The whole bit about Goo meeting a blind fortune-teller
and his acquiring a spirit tablet (housing a female spirit) seems
like a retelling of Kuei Chih-hung's Hex Vs Witchcraft (1980)
but the storyline here is never concluded satisfactorily.
Yung adds star power to the movie, his bumbling scientist's family
under (demonic) siege, though mainly played for laughs, is Poltergeist
all over again and it is actually Kwong Mei Bo who delivers the
acting chops - from rape victim to vengeful ghost. But then, given
the film's messy narrative, it is finally Kwong's body that holds
Sex Beyond The Grave (IVL/Celestial) is only available on VCD
and is banned in $ingapore.