ASIAN VALUES DVD REVIEW
this film, it's easy to assume that Women Of Desire (1974) could
have been Lui Kei's first erotic movie as a director. Sure the
main cast is in place - sex goddesses Chen Ping, Tina Chin Fei
and Ai Ti. But the amount of nudity and sex simply pales besides
that found in Lui's earlier Sexy Girls Of Denmark (1973).
Unlike Li Han-hsiang's erotic movies which focus on human foibles,
Lui tends to look at stereotypes and then stir the mixture with
a large measure of melodrama. Lui starts the film at a nightclub.
In the wuxia (sword-fighting) movies, the teahouse is a
key element of the action; in Lui's world, it is the nightclub.
If the teahouse is amoral - it is either a safe or dangerous place;
the nightclub is predictably decadent and where bad things mainly
At the club,
socialite Chen Ping, though married to Wang Jung, fancies singer
Ling Han. Wang, on the other hand, has his eyes on singer Elaine
Chin Yen Ling. Present at the club is Tina Chin Fei - though married
to the disabled Lui Kei (the director in an acting role), she
is having an affair with stockbroker Wei Hung. Meanwhile Wang
Pin Pin is scheming to swindle doctor Woo Fung.
The opening nightclub sequence features a "flashback" of Wang
having sex with Chen, where he says having sex with Chen is like
"squeezing the fruit of all the juice." This scene is a bit of
a tease and viewers' expectations are heightened when, during
a slow dance, Wei nibbles on Tina Chin Fei's ear and the sex goddess
gets all steamed up.
scene that catches the eye is when singer Ling Han tries to seduce
his publicist Maggie Li, who decides to cool things down after
a prolonged kiss. Basically this scene shows what a cad Ling is
and he is only interested in what he wants - wealth and fame.
Fung (right) in drag
On a pretext
of being ill, Wang Pin Pin gets Woo Fung into her apartment. Trying
to get Wang out of the bathtub, Woo falls into the tub himself
and this leads to what is, for some, the highlight of this movie.
Woo removes his wet clothes; then to retain some modesty, he puts
on Wang's panties and her see-through nightgown. If the viewer
is quick, he can get a glimpse of Wang's bare flesh in the scene.
Wang meanwhile drugs Woo who then tries to "seduce" Wang with
a strip-tease dance that involves removing the panties he's wearing.
Someone is certainly getting off from this scene though it is
not sure who - Woo Fung, who plays straight guys in his many movies,
finally gets to be naughty; or the director, who is putting competitor
leading man Woo in his place.
If sexy Tina Chin Fei on a vibrating bed is considered titillating,
then Chen Ping having wild sex in the backseat of a car is another
highlight. If all these sound like a riot of sex and nudity, that's
all there is. While the sex do enliven things a bit, the film
is so melodramatic that it really drags you down. From the start,
one already suspects that things will only go downhill. After
he has satisfied himself with Chen Ping, singer Ling Han leaves
for the United States, leaving Chen in a miserable funk. Tina
Chin and her boyfriend succumbs to a drug overdose; and Woo turns
deranged when he discovers that Wang has been pulling his chain
porn, hardcore morality - that's how the film bills itself. The
film would have been more entertaining if Lui had added some wit
to it. As it is, none of the characters are engaging - the men
are mostly scumbags - and the women are no better. Only the Maggie
Li character gets off lightly, though she too yearns what the
other women want - love, but it's a difficult world where what
the men want is only sex.
The Women Of Desire DVD is not available in $ingapore.
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