Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hong Kong VHS Mess

 POSSESSED (1994), QUENCHLESS DESIRE (1993)
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POSSESSED is a 1994 film starring Ken Tong Jan-yip.  I have the film as a DVD-r and if I remember correctly, the databases mislabel it as a CAT II.  Which was a lovely surprise when I watched it!  I have also seen QUENCHLESS DESIRE and have it as a DVD-r as well.  Don't remember a damn thing about it, though.  
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Ok.  So most of you readers know my situation.  'Broke' and having a heck of a time looking for a place to live before I get married in a few months.  Money is precious, more than ever before, and needs to be horded away.  I can't afford to spend money in the coming months and have Ms. Mail Lady pay me her usual visits.  This coming X-mas is figuring to be lean but exactly 2 months away from Santa's visit, it's beginning to look a lot like X-mas past around here.   I'm running the risk of interrogation by Wei if she were to see this post and believe that this is a brand spankin' new batch of movies.  Luckily, she rarely visits the blog these days.  But just in case she does.....Hi babe.  These aren't new movies.  I've been diligently saving my money like a good little boy.  =)  So, with that preface, I will let you decide if this is a new batch of VHS from Ms. Mail Lady.  *cough* *wink* *smiley tongue out winky face*

 FORBIDDEN LOVE (1993) , THE TANGLES LOVE (1992)
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I have seen FORBIDDEN LOVE before, once again as a DVD-r, and once again, I remember nada.  THE TANGLES LOVE I was lucky enough to find during my big laser disc haul.  So this copy is just icing on an an awesome CAT III cake.

 HONG KONG VALENTINO (1993) , PROSTITUTE (1992)
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I have HONG KONG VALENTINO on laser disc.  It is a trifle thin but so are most CAT III sex romps.  And that's not a bad thing.  When Lee Chung-ling is in the cast, it's worthy of a once over.  PROSTITUTE is a fairly fun CAT III comedy from 1992 directed by Lam Yee-hung.  A director no stranger to filming boobies, gosh love him.  PROSTITUTE stars one of my faves, Cindy Yip Sin-yi, and she gives us what we want.  A fine performance, of course.  And check out the great cover art.  I am just so enamored with Tai Seng cover art from the early to mid 90's.  Always so brightly colorful and inviting.  As well they should be.  Upon seeing the cover of  PROSTITUTE I had flashbacks to my virgin HK cinema days and discovering a video store that had Tai Seng VHS as far as the eye could see.  These VHS covers just do it for me. I would have sex with these VHS sleeves if possible.  Is it possible?  I'll let ya'll know.
 HIDDEN DESIRE (1991), THE NEVER ENDING LOVE STORY (1994)
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HIDDEN DESIRE is a fun little diddy starring our bosomy beloved Veronica Yip Yuk-hing and directed by soft core erotic-meister, Ho Fan.  Also appearing are CAT III sex pot Rena Murakami and CAT III cocksman, the one, the only, Charlie Cho Cha-lee.  THE NEVER ENDING LOVE STORY is a dramatic CAT III potboiler starring Vincent Lam Wai and Michael Wong Man-tak as friends who vie for the affections of nutso hottie.   Are there any other kind?  And, Yes!   It's THAT Michael Wong Man-tak.
 DEVIL SEX LOVE ( 1993) , PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL RAPIST (1994)
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I've reviewed DEVIL, SEX, LOVE before.  You can find that fun HEREPORTRAIT OF A SERIAL RAPIST is a Danny Lee Sau-yin shot on video Magnum opus that decently jumps on the CAT III train and rides it as far as a shot on video production can go.  Which is not far.  Still, it has enough dirtiness for the fans.  It's mostly available unsubbed, as is this VHS. I also have the DVD and VCD.  Because I'm cool.

 EVIL INSTINCT (1996) , CRAZY EMPEROR (1993)
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EVIL INSTINCT is a mostly lame adult film starring Carrie Ng Ka-li and 'Mystical Breasts' Diana Pang Dan.  I don't remember much about the film except for a decent Pang Dan shower scene.  Alas, Mystical breasts took her cues from Amy Yip and hides the fun parts.  CRAZY EMPEROR is kinda rare, I suppose.  That being said, I also have the VCD and laser disc.  So, maybe it isn't so rare?  It is a heavily cut adult film that does provide some period piece nakedness.
 
 THE SPIRITUAL LOVE (1992) , A WILD PARTY (1993)
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THE SPIRITUAL LOVE is a rather laboring erotic ghost story starring Emily Chu Bo-yee.  Boy, did Emily's film career take a certain nosedive after appearing in ROUGE in 1988.  from A list films like A BETTER TOMORROW and MILLIONAIRE'S EXPRESS to B grade films like this one and ANGEL OR WHORE.  Ain't nothing wrong with that!    A WILD PARTY completes my superfecta.  I now have this CAT III crapfest starring the late great Pauline Chan Bo-lin in all 4 formats.  VHS, DVD, VCD, and laser disc.  Lucky me. 

Here's a really fun book for us HK film nerds.  'Film Pilgrimage' shuttles us on a movie tour of the Big Lychee taking snapshots of various film locations. Kinda like what I have been doing HERE and HERE.  The book is not English friendly though and, as you can see in the picture below, is entirely in Chinese.  Thankfully for global fans, all locations are labeled with the film title in English.  Another drawback is that the pictures are kinda small.  Also, there are no comparative pictures.  Meaning there are no pictures from the location as seen in the movie placed up against the actual updated picture of the location.  I'm sure this was most definitely thought about but getting rights to use a picture from each film was most likely too costly. It's easier to yoink pics from films and post in blog form.

Minor flaws aside, this is a worthy book entry for HK film fans/snobs.  There is also a great forward by HKCinemagic webmaster, Thomas Podvin.  Visit Thomas' indispensable site HERE for more info on the book as well as how to order.  It's surefire toilet bowl reading.  And for me, that's the highest rating I can give a book.  That being said, if you ever visit my home, don't touch my HK film books.  They have been 'red flagged' and accompany me to the throne daily.

2 comments:

  1. They did mention a POSSIBILITY of an English language version of the book *prays*

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  2. Thanks for the plug, the mention and the good words on the book. Happy that it brings you joy on the throne. :)

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