Woman Of The Night shows what some women have to put up with - impotent men with big hang-ups, skirt-chasing bosses who take every chance to look down your blouse and a peeping tom who just can't keep his hands to himself. If only there is a nice follow through, Stephen Tan sighs.


Yu Kuan-Jen's Woman Of The Night (1973) is one of those filler movies that are akin to scrapping the bottom of the barrel. The star name here is Tanny Tien Ni (Black Magic) but she's not exactly among Shaw's top erotic actresses. The supporting leads in this movie are - get ready for a collective yawn - Chin Han (Ivy Ling Po's hubby) and Peng Peng, the actor who played Pigsy in those Journey To The West movies.

Never mind if this is a three-hander - Li Han-hsiang still manages to eke out some interesting movies using the anthology format - with the first story bearing the title of the film.

Chin Han and Margaret Hsing Hui are a happily married couple until he gets shot in the crotch at a family picnic. As a result, he becomes impotent but takes out his anger at his wife and daughter, to the extent of driving them out of the home. Hsing becomes a social escort to earn her living while her daughter has to suffer the taunts of her classmates because of what her mother does. Finding life unbearable, the daughter decides to return to Chin Han but is abducted by Chin's colleague who not only harbours a grudge but has an eye on both mother and daughter. The abduction is witnessed by Hsing and, while trying to rescue her daughter, stabs the man to death. A tearful family reunion takes place as Hsing is escorted to jail.

Chin Han (left) and Margaret Hsing Hui.

Viewers who wandered into the cinema by the seemingly erotic title of Woman Of The Night must have thought they were watching the wrong movie. The opening story is a simple family drama where the attractive-looking wife is both reasonable and supportive. It is the husband who has the hang-up and things could have easily worked out had he talked about his problem with his wife. Unfortunately, they needed something to stretch into a film (or at least one-third of a film).

The guffaw-inducing moment is when Chin Han is shot in the crotch. No doubt it's a hunting accident but that's really stretching credibility when the hunter was shooting birds (and not some birdie in the bush)! Expectations run a little high in the scene where the wife takes off her clothes for some sex which the husband refuses! With hardly any sex, nudity or hanky panky, impatient viewers would have walked out by now.

The next segment fares a little better. The Secretary And The Wolf is about womanising Peng Peng who has good-looking girls working in his office and who is not above looking down their blouses or up their skirts. While trying to seduce secretary Tien Ni at a hotel, Peng Peng is not aware that Tien Ni has already informed the Mrs of what the man is up to. What's next is a comical (let's be generous and leave it at that) cat-and-mouse game between Peng Peng and his wife (who comes looking with a big stick). While there is no sex in this segment, there is some nudity as when Peng Peng barges into different hotel rooms and finding women in various forms of undress, and one (who is topless) even gamely throws fruits at Peng Peng to get him to leave the room. The most hilarious line in the segment is when Tien Ni says, "If I didn't wear so many panties last night, it would be a disaster."

The final story, The Peeping Tom, has the best potential but is let down by silly melodramatics and weak casting. Teenager Mingde (who looks more like a young adult) is supposed to be at that age where his hormones are raging full-on and has a stack of porn magazines to keep things at bay. Not helping matters is that the other tenants in the apartment are saucy-looking women. As the story goes, Mingde peeps at his neighbour while she is taking her bath and creeps into another woman's bedroom at night to fondle her body. Not surprisingly, Mingde gets caught both times, much to his sister's shame. Big sis then concocts a plan that might or might not work. One night, Mingde enters one of the rooms and fondles the sleeping woman, waking her up in the process. Instead of shouting for help, she offers her body to Mingde (she says it was his sister's idea). Mingde is so filled with shame that he decides that from now on, he should keep his eyes and his hands to himself.

On paper, the premise of each story is promising - impotent men with big hang-ups, skirt chasing bosses and a peeping tom. While the movie is nothing to shout about, it's the sermonising that really is unbearable. In other words, preachy like anything with nothing much to show for it.

Note: Woman Of The Night (IVL/Celestial) is only available on VCD and is banned in $ingapore.

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January 16, 2007

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