12 BEST ASIAN EROTIC FILMS
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5. NAKED KILLER (1992)
Country: Hong Kong
Original Title: Chik Loh Go Yeung
Director: Clarence Fok Yiu-Leung
Cast: Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching, Carrie Ng Ka-Lai, Simon Yam Tat-Wah,
Svenwara Madoka, Kitty
With all due respect to director Clarence Fok (aka Clarence Ford), it is "Naked
Killer"'s writer/producer, Wong Jing, whose mark is most unmistakable here.
In this instance, the manic Wong -- best known for more mainstream films
like Chow Yun-Fat's "God of Gamblers," Jackie Chan's "City Hunter" and Jet Li's
"High Risk" -- applies his no-holds-barred (some would call it haphazard)
style of storytelling to the world of...lesbian assassins.
Like most of Wong's work, the "Naked Killer" story makes next to no sense
with characters doing all kinds of things, both sexual and otherwise, for no
apparent reason other than to satisfy whatever script pages Wong thought up
the morning of (assuming, of course, that there was a script to begin with).
But, logic notwithstanding, Wong's instincts are otherwise right on the money,
from an action/comedy perspective as much as from an erotic one.
The out-of-this-world cute Chingmy Yau (a favorite of Wong's) stars as Kitty,
a lethal killer with castrationist tendencies who falls in league with a secret
society of lesbian assassins led by the dangerously seductive Sister Cindy
In spite of her mentor's better coaching, however, Kitty still prefers men -- a
near-liability when she gets sweet on the gun-phobic cop (Simon Yam)
assigned to bring her in. This, of course, doesn't sit well with Princess (Carrie
Ng), a renegade former disciple of Sister Cindy who has her own carnal
designs on Kitty.
If all of this sounds madly chaotic...it is. And it's also loads of fun. With liberal
doses of both titillating sex (lesbian and hetero) and creative mayhem,
"Naked Killer" satisfies all the requisite excesses of a Hong Kong Category III
film, and then some.
6. TEMPTATION OF A MONK (1993)
Country: Hong Kong
Original Title: You Seng
Director: Clara Law
Cast: Joan Chen, Wu Hsin-kuo, Zhang Fengyi
It seems oddly appropriate that the most consistently and creatively erotic
films emerging from Hong Kong would be directed by a woman. But, then
again, Clara Law isn't just any director.
Based on a novella by "Farewell, My Concubine" author Lillian Lee,
"Temptation of a Monk" focuses on the tragic fate of a 7th Century Tang
Dynasty general named Shi (Taiwan's Wu Hsin-kuo), a tormented, conflicted,
guilt-ridden type who takes refuge in a remote Buddhist monastery after
betraying his prince into the hands of the prince's brother.
Seeking to both hide and do penance for his sins, Shi is ultimately unable to
do either when the princes' sister Scarlet (Joan Chen) tracks down the
fugitives and lures the men to a nearby brothel for a night of orgiastic
Shi again hits the road, this time alone, but still can't escape his pursuers and
tormentors. Joan Chen eventually reappears (as a different, albeit no less
seductive character) during the kind of stylish and uniquely erotic finale for
which Law is famous.
Stylistically somewhere between Oshima, Tarkovsky and Fellini, Law's
approach to human sexuality ultimately defies categorization, the mark of a
singular and incomparable stylist.
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