14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2010
Films of this type became quite popular after Emmanuelle hit the screens. Emmanuelle though, was about a worldly-wise woman exercising her sexual free will, but Vanessa follows the other route, that of the innocent girl on the cusp of womanhood being plucked from her sheltered life and thrust into the seedy world of sex and underhand goings on, mostly in exotic locations.
Olivia Pascal plays the titular convent-educated heroine who inherits a plantation in Hong Kong. Once there she encounters her uncle and his household who are less than savoury, to say the least. Treading a very careful path, Vanessa must negotiate her way around the pitfalls and perils (there are lots) of those who wish to take advantage of her and deprive her of her inheritance. There's the uncle who likes a bit of S&M; his adulterous wife; the lecherous plantation manager; and the lure of the seedier delights of Hong Kong.
If you dislike nudity and depravity then this film is not for you. Apart from the aforementioned, there is rape, (attempted) whipping and some black magic thrown in for good measure. On the plus side there are some fine views of old colonial Hong Kong.
This is probably Hubert Franks's best film although that isn't really saying much. Much of it was improvised as they went along and some subplots do not amount to much but this was the way Hubert Frank did it. It is better than most of the genre and it is a pity that they do not make them like this any more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2011
Vanessa,tells the story of a girl from a convent upbringing,and her Journey into the sensual and shocking extremes of pleasure even pain and black magic perversion in a world of greed and lust it is an Infamous tail of
an innocent girl turned sexual plaything but can she escape her family`s ultimate legacy of depravity well you will have to see the film yourself and then make your own comments, the film runs for 92 mins and it stars the very beauiful Olivia Pascal I liked it
on 16 November 2013
Hm, I went into this expecting an Emanuelle-type film. This film is not very impressive as an Emanuelle clone. The titular character, Vanessa, is a bit of a prude and doesn't even have sex once in the entire film, except telepathically(!). What the film does have going for it, is some really quite bizarre scenes toward the end. Its like the director knew he was making a crappy bad Emanuelle clone and so decided to spice it up with amazing and bizarre elements such as the voodoo subplot that gets forgotten pretty quick, a taxi driver/prince (the film isn't sure which?) who has telepathic 'out of body' sex with women, including Vanessa at the dinner table (nobody notices),a man who tries to chat Vanessa up by telling her how a 'monkey brain table' works, then smokes Opium with her, only its obvious there's nothing in the pipe and theres no smoke coming out of their mouths. Its a bit of a mess of a film, but memorable for these bizare elements which have no business being in a film of this type. One can only wonder what the heck the director was smoking while making it!