movies which focus on a young person's sexual awakening, Ho Fan's
Innocent Lust prefers to look at a young person's first sexual experience.
ASIAN VALUES VCD REVIEW
of errors; part melodrama and full-on sexploitation, Innocent
Lust centres on three undergrads who bemoan the fact that they
have no girlfriends. While all three are rather shy in the presence
of girls, Chen Chun-hao has a crush on his Caucasian teacher.
While he tries to arrange a "date" with his teacher - like going
out for a meal and then going to her home - he is turned down.
But he does get to watch the teacher strip and change her clothes.
In class, he fantasises about his teacher removing her clothes
in what can be said to be some form of drug-induced frenzy. [Made
in 1977, little did director Ho Fan know that today in the United
States, it is the women teachers who are charged with having sex
with their male students.]
Ai Fei appears
the more aggressive of the three and agrees to see if the sauna
experience is what it claims to be. Faced with a masseur who is
stripped down to her panties, Ai Fei chickens out when the masseur
offers him the whole works.
things appear a dead end, Ai Fei meets Ho Yen, who has just returned
from overseas. The two had been childhood friends and with Ai
Fei's feelings for Ho Yen growing stronger, he hopes the two could
be more intimately involved. Out in the park one evening, Ai Fei
tries to unbutton Ho Yen's dress only to get a scolding from Ho
Yen before she storms off. Dejected, Ai Fei looks for sex in a
bar but before anything happens, Ho Yen turns up and takes Ai
Fei up a hill. There, she removes her clothes and says that if
sex is all that Ai Fei wants, he can have her. Ai Fei then realises
the error of his ways.
Chen Chun-hao goes out with student Chen Wei-ying, who also works
part-time in a bar, and both get caught in the rain one night.
Wei-ying brings Chun-hao to her home and the two end up having
sex. Prowling the bars, studious-looking Lam Choi gets picked
up by a sex-hungry socialite who initiates the young man into
sex. Strangely he does not end up being her boy toy (since she
got as much out of the sex as him) but decides to go out with
a fellow student Cheng Suk-ying who has always been interested
of Lui Kei's erotic movies at Shaw Brothers where sex and nudity
take precedence over what is basically a '60s Cantonese melodrama,
Ho Fan is presented with a palette of opportunities which he does
all the pathos, the film ends up with cardboard characters - the
obvious example being the class "clown" who thinks he's a poet
but who's a peeping tom at heart and gets beaten up after watching
Cheng Suk-ying take a bath. Ho Fan, who made his mark playing
the priest, Tripitaka, in Shaw's Monkey Goes West series, simply
does not go far enough.
nudity and sex are enticing. Interestingly the first nude sequence
features none of the leads but what looks like a European X-rated
movie of a lesbian couple that the three young men are watching
in a cinema. By focusing on female nudity and the accompanying
sex act (that's what the paying customers are in for), Ho Fan
missed out on fleshing out the young people's attitude towards
sex. As it is, the sex comes across as something these young people
like to get over and be done with!
or even a bitter-sweet ending to the film would be more apt since
the film should reflect the uncertainty that life has in store
for these young people. Innocent Lust's happy ending only gives
a momentary feel-good to what is a movie of missed chances.
Innocent Lust DVD (IVL/Celestial) is banned in $ingapore.