An Amorous Woman of Tang Dynasty (1984)

6/10 - DVD missing nearly half the film?
Reviewed by Simon on 12 October 2004

Apparently the full version of this film is near 3 hours long, but the Celestial dvd presents us with a 97 minute cut - which presumably explains why the plot seems to leap tall buildings between scenes and lack a certain amount of coherency. It seems to be a rather feminist tale dressed in lots of female nudity, a paradox that puts it in the company of Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan, with which it also shares some lucious set design and cinematography. The film actually looks, sounds and feels more like a japanese film than a HK film in many places. I wish Celestial had managed to dig up the full length cut, as there's no doubt the film loses a lot from being so severely shortened. It's probably an excellent film in its full length.

The Celestial DVD also has disappointing picture quality - lots of grain and some distracting brightness fluctuations in some scenes. They probably figured people only wanted to see it for the nudity anyway...

Cast

Pat Ha
Alex Man
Chang Kuo-Chu
Lam Hoi-Ling
Ku Feng
Wang Lai
Wong Shu-Tong

Crew

Director
Eddie Fong
Action Director
Tony Leung Siu-Hung
Production Company
Shaw Brothers

See also