For years, I have always loved movies from the Shaw Brothers Studio Company. And it 2002 when Celestial Pictures, a hong kong based company, bought the rights to the movies, 750 out of 1,000 of them, and were going to get full restoration treatment, I was overjoyed. The problem? The movies would only be released in the Asia market, with no American distribution in sight. The only recourse was buying VCD versions just to be able to view the movies. (Asian DVD movies are encoded in R3, not playable on US DVD players.) But, in the last year Shaw movies have been getting US releases, although too few for my taste. Thank you, Image Entertainment. Thank you, Dragon Dynasty. And now, Tokyo Shock has gotten into the fold. As for "Intimate Confession of a Chinese Courtesan" this was a movie I have long waited for. As Celestial dug up various movies, this was one of hundred I discovered. With the cover, showing two women embracing only told you what kind of movie it is. But unlike erotic Asian movies, this one is fairly tame. Unlike another Shaw exploitation movie called, "Bamboo House of Dolls." There are a couple girl to girl kissing scenes, and various naked girls with ugly dudes, but nothing at the level of movies today.
The plot is basically about a corrupt brothel who steals women and sells them into prostitution. The madam, played by the beautiful Lily Ho, prefers only women for intimacy and comes across a fiery girl, played by Betty Pei Ti, as she grows quite fond of her. Betty on the other hand fights against the system, trying to retain her freedom. But when a failed escape arises and a male servant is killed in the process, Betty conforms as Lily's lover and a call girl at the brothel. But under deception, Betty gets revenge of the men who violated her and eventually going after the madam.
As I originally watched, it became more of a martial art movie then what I expected. A pleasant surprise. The movie is shot quite beautifully and the performances are top notch. The story does drag a bit, but the ending is absolutely priceless. Don't be surprised if you yell back at the TV. I know I continually do.
This movie is in 2.35 anamorphic widescreen, with both the original Cantonese dialog and a surprising English dub. The enthusiast in me prefers the original audio with subtitles, but the lazy in me loves the English dub. Both are great experiences as the dubbed version is surprisingly well done.
If you love old school kung fu movies and particular Shaw Brother movies, you can't lose with this dvd. An Intimate DVD of a Confessed movie lover.