ASIAN VALUES DVD REVIEW
Seen on the
big screen, the opening credit sequence must be an eyeful. Close
ups of naked breasts, bare buttocks and a nubile female body,
if nothing else, it's already a couple of hours considered well
spent at the cinema.
a Lui Kei (Lu Chi) movie so everything's to be taken at face value.
The opening sequence is a tease. It's also a way to alert viewers
of the presence of a peeping tom character who stalks women by
taking their photographs. But if the title, The Stud And The Nympho
(1980), is enticing, it is also off the mark.
no studs here, unless you are referring to wandering husbands,
nor any nymphos, unless it's about a woman who's a flirt (though
she admits she doesn't sleep around).
starts with statuesque Ai Ti, who is married to Tang Ching, trying
to form an association of women to prevent their husbands from
straying. While the banter among the women has some of Lui's better
writing, you know the ploy is not going to work as the women can't
seem to agree on anything.
In a comical
flashback, one of the women explains how she got her husband (Frankie
Wei) from straying. Pretending to hang herself over Wei's wayward
ways, she reaches for the sash she had hung over the chandeliers.
It could be because of the red dress (according to film legend,
women who commit suicide wearing red tend to return as malevolent
ghosts) but the ruse works and Wei spills the beans about his
affairs - another flashback that provides lots of full frontal
nudity as Wei talks about his trysts with foreign women. [It's
the early '80s and full frontal shots seemed to be confined to
Then Ai Ti
says something innocuous like how a wife can provide a supportive
household as a way to "attract" the husband, only for the viewers
to be shown the philandering husband in bed with mistress Ling
Tai. The rich businessman likes the emotional security provided
by Ai Ti but he also longs for the impulsiveness and sense of
adventure that Ling Tai brings with her. Tang inadvertently spends
a night with Ling only to be discovered by Ai Ti in the morning.
Ai decides to leave Tang and files for divorce. Tang then moves
in with Ling.
In the meantime,
peeping tom and sex maniac Qi Ye is stalking Ai Ti and saves her
from a rapist. He bring the unconscious Ai Ti to his home - they
practically live next door to each other. He removes her clothes
but leaves her in her undies [presumably for audiences to better
ogle at]. Torn between giving in to his urges and "preserving"
her, Qi does the next best thing with his trusted full-size rubber
doll. Ai Ti wakes up, wanders about in her undies, finds a telescope
pointing into her bedroom, grabs the nearest shirt, gets her handbag,
rushes past a bemused Qi Ye (who is ironing the dress!) and dashes
home. Next Qi Ye visits Ai Ti with the dress (as if nothing had
happened) and soon, the two become friends!
Ling with a man in the apartment, the jealous Tang storms off
and decides to return to Ai Ti. At that moment Qi appears and
a row ensues between the two men before the police are called
in. Later that night, Qi kidnaps Ai Ti and keeps her chained and
locked up in a cage.
be stressed enough that this being a Lui Kei movie means it's
a potpourri of genres. In other words, Lui tries to please everybody
- there's nudity and sex for those in the back row, there's comedy
and there's melodrama. But it's not a satisfying mix. Logic quickly
goes out the window - hard to imagine any sane woman left alone
in her undies becoming friends with a peeping tom, no matter how
saintly she appears to be.
a draggy movie, things do move at a brisk pace and the opening
credit sequence does tend to dwell long after the movie is over.
Well, that's a lazy afternoon for you.
The Stud And The Nympho (IVL/Celestial) DVD is banned in $ingapore.