ASIAN VALUES DVD REVIEW
As far as
sexploitation films go, this is rather basic. Frankie Wei goes
to Pattaya in Thailand for some rest and relaxation with his blind
wife Terry Liu. Upon entering the hotel, he runs into his friend
Henry Yu who tries to set him up with the local beauties. In the
meantime, he meets the sexy and mysterious girl with the long
hair (Dana). The rest of the show - no points for guessing - is
about how Wei succumbs to the temptation of sex.
too long before the first nude scene kicks in but patience is
required before the star of the show, Dana, shows off her assets.
Dana (Shun Shuk-yee) was among the more popular erotic actresses
at Shaw Brothers and while she also appeared in films such as
The Super Inframan, she is best remembered for her role in this
movie. To be honest, she probably slept through this film, figuratively
speaking that is.
is the Girl With The Long Hair.
is prominently shown in the movie poster and DVD/VCD cover art
and that the film is named after her character, like Bo Derek
in 10, she is really a tease and it is surprising fans have not
clamoured that more of her should have been revealed. Probably
at the time of the film's release, it was already a pleasure to
be able to have a glimpse of whatever parts of her that is on
display - and such a veritable pouting and sexy temptress that
On the other hand, in terms of exposure, the honours really go
to Terry Liu, who is also another key erotic Shaw actresses. One
of her notable films is Bamboo House Of Dolls (1973) but here,
she not only provides viewing pleasure with her body but even
gains viewer's sympathy for being the blind wife who is horny-as-hell
but is constantly left alone by her roving husband. Viewers will
be hard put to forget the scene where, on her own, she has to
make do with an extra large bathing sponge.
Wei and Terry Liu (right).
This is also
the point where the film narratively falters. Why would Wei, who
is, on the one hand, devoted to his wife - and there doesn't seem
to be any hidden motives on his part - be so quick to be tempted
just because another nubile woman is seated at the next dining
table? Given his wife's insatiable urges, there does not even
seem to have any need for the couple to leave their hotel room
at all - a sentiment that is half-fleshed out in a comedic sequence
that is meant to be funny but everyone knows is flat.
is a salient point director Ho Fan was trying to set up, it's
that men are never satisfied, and the next woman will even be
more exciting than the one who is currently in bed. Ho Fan was
a prominent photographer before joining Shaws and the film has
a number of artistic flourishes - a sex scene reflected on a pair
of sunglasses; tinted beach scenes (or is that day-for-night tinting
that is ravished by time?); lounge music that recalls European
soft-porn movies and carefully composed shots.
is that sponge when you needed it?
film betrays its stereotypical (and ultimately moralistic) roots
- such as half of these films are wont to do - when Wei not only
decides to mend his ways but that his friend, Henry Yu, gets what
is supposed just desserts for trying to lead Wei astray.
If the name
Ho Fan sounds familiar, he was the priest in the Monkey Goes West
series, but like Cantonese actor Liu Kei, Ho is nowadays better
known for his erotic (or Category III) movies. Girl With The Long
Hair is breezy enough with its fair bit of sex and nudity that
one might even consider this a guilty pleasure but like that recurring
feeling prevalent in the show, perhaps the next erotic movie might
even be better.
The Girl With The Long Hair DVD is not available in $ingapore.
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