At first glance another "Emmanuelle" copy that is hindered by it's fragmented storyline and a leading mannequin actress that participate in high-class near XXX scenes and oral sex before it surprises even the most critical eye with a supernatural avant-garde ending of epic porportions. Klaus Kinski's presence add to the fun of it all. One of the few erotic movies that surpass it's own genre.
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.
Half star for some moments of good cinematography and colours. And half star for "interesting" torture scenes of those (asian) girls. Couldn't watch it to the end because I got bored. This wasn't something to be called a film. Just some visual artistic experiment maybe. If you want asian visual experiments and cinematography, with more story in it go watch ANTIPORNO. It is great !
le visuel est intéressant, surtout quand il s'agit de dépeindre le corps de la femme-objet. Dans l'ensemble c'est plutôt décevant; machisme, sexisme, racisme, [sans oublier les vieilles idées romantiques sur l'amour, la dévotion et le sacrifice féminin ]sont les thèmes de ce film. C'est un bon matériel d'analyse, sans plus.
I felt quite drained out by the over-imposing soundtrack and the sudden scene cuts. However, something lurks beneath and I am sure this is one of those movies which take some time to digest. The sceneries are great, the plot obscure, the overall experience dissonant. I think it is a good surrealist movie as symbolically represents humanity without being too concerned and indulgent on symbols themselves.