A girl (Isabelle Illiers) loves an older man (Klaus Kinski). He demands that she goes in a brothel, as evidence that she loves him. As she is confronted by any number of perverse sexual possibilities, he carries on an affair with Natalie (Arielle Dombasle). Based on a novel by Dominique Aury.
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Founded the usual poetry of a japanese movie, their language is just beautiful and expresses all the feelings through its tones. The visual style and music are enchanting, over all the camera movements on shoulder are very good and the scenic treatment is well thought. Big immersion in this strange world that let me think about colonialism and the body as a sexual object, which our actual society isn't far.
PC. Anatole Dauman produced and certainly attempted to remake a new empire of the senses with another Japanese avant-garde filmmaker, Terayama, that has always been more essayistic and less narrative than Oshima. With Tatsuo Suzuki's cinematography and Henri Colpi's editing, this international luxury is less a pinku than a ridiculous soft porn like those that in 70s characterized many European "Z series" directors.
Lurid, pulpy & intoxicating. An ill-fated bdsm love story set amid Sir S.’s louche colonial existence of profiteering & privilege in 20s Hong Kong, against a China in turmoil. A Cocteau-like, surreal, technicolour, Orientalist opium dream, set to dime-store novel narration, emphatic score, wall to wall mise-en-scene & so many off-beat scenarios it’s a food fight away from being a Pynchon subplot. Lots to it. A treat!
Wonderful trash disguised as high art that continues the 'story of o'. 'O' finds herself in a Hong Kong house of flowers (brothel) where she'll continue to debase herself for the pleasure of her lover. Add to that the various subplots of the other whores and the air of a Chinese rebellion and you have this glorious mess of a film that is never boring and often dryly humorous.
Arthouse soft-core at its apogee. Rightly a reviewer points to the Borowczyk affinity, yet this lacks the Polish master's command over surfaces. Despite the lifeless acting, it has some remarkable shots, fuses gorgeously (background) political upheaval with eroticism and celebrates artifice with an eye to the mechanical consummation in the 'bordello'. Pretentious but captivating! (Watch Ran's Fool as the Madame!)
Imagine both Oshima & Borowczyk working together after their notorious years at Argo Films and still there again - frankly this film would be the answer (without the extreme). It's a beautifully, melancholic, surreal, & erotic work of art from the unique Terayama and also one not to be overlooked. Everything looked pretty surreal in its production design and dreams/flashbacks, let me tell you that.