ASIAN VALUES DVD REVIEW
might be regarded as "adult" but Kuei Chih Hung's Intrigue In
Nylons (1972) is anything but, the saucy film poster notwithstanding.
be the operative word here, just as those British Carry On films
can be regarded as "adult" movies. If the leading actress had
been someone else, Kuei might have been able to pull it off but
with squeaky-clean Ching Li, there isn't a hope in the world that
this movie would fall squarely into the erotic genre.
father is the owner of the Rose brand pantyhose. Back from Europe
after completing her studies, Ching Li comes up with some snazzy
advertisements that propel her company to the top of the pantyhose
trade. The move practically wipes out all the other pantyhose
companies except the Princess brand, which is owned by Tien Ching's
father. To combat the Rose ads, Tien Ching is summoned back from
Taiwan (where he teaches advertising) and his ads prove effective.
To get an insight into the competition, Ching Li disguises herself
and gets employed as Tien Ching's secretary. After finding his
ad blitzes sabotaged, Tien Ching gets wise to the idea that there
is a spy in the company and begins to suspect Ching Li.
As with anything
else in Intrigue In Nylons, the movie's poster shot of Tien Ching
removing the stockings from Ching Li who is reclining on the bed
is just another tease. The closest viewers come to seeing Ching
Li's body (or is that a body double) is when she pulls up her
dress to reveal the Rose pantyhose she is wearing.
is no outright nudity or sex, for a film set in the world of pantyhose
and nylons, there is still a fair amount of women's legs being
flashed about and there is even a bit of male nudity (decorously
covered up, of course) that might prove to be a real turn off.
might be hoping that the shots of parading exposed legs can be
passed off as "adult" material, he does have an auteuristic attitude
when it comes to the movie's musical numbers. The two advertisements
concocted by Ching Li and Tien Ching respectively are really music
videos (before music videos became a norm) and the clever use
of the then-currently-popular tunes of the day gives the film
a slightly amusing touch.
interest then is that Intrigue In Nylons is probably one of the
few movies with the usually fey (probably the actor's later modus
operandi) Tien Ching in a leading role. He was also the lead in
Cathay's Mad Mad Mad Mad Sword (1969) though movie fans would
best remember him as the conniving landlord in Chu Yuan's House
Of 72 Tenants (1972).
Kuei Chih Hung might be noted for his exploitation movies such
as Bamboo House Of Dolls (1973), The Killer Snakes (1974), Corpse
Mania (1981) and the over-the-top Boxer's Omen (1983) but in the
early '70s, he was still trying to find his footing in the erotic
genre with this madcap comedy that is really rooted in those '60s
black-and-white Cantonese movies. After all, the cast is not only
peppered by a who's who in Cantonese movies but Tien Ching's father
is played by veteran Cheng Kwan Min, whose role as a slimeball
is one that Tien Ching can only emulate.
Intrigue In Nylons (IVL/Celestial) is only available on VCD. The
film is not available in $ingapore.