Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1971) Lily Ho/Betty Pei-Ti
Chinese title AINU
director: Yuen Chor
starring Lily Ho · Hua Yueh · Betty Pei-Ti · Lin Ting
promoted Internationally as "The First Chinese Sex Movie,"
this is the original uncut version of AINU [the Chinese title, actually
the name of a young girl sold to Madam Chun Yi's brothel]. Over the years,
numerous young women have been kidnapped and sold into a life of servitude,
prostitution, and torture at this brothel. Ai Nu, a poor family's only
daughter, is one of the newest girls. Stern lesbian Madam Chun Yi quickly
falls in love with her, but the virgin refuses the advances and continually
attempts escape. Madam Chun tries various torture methods and eventually
auctions her virginity to a group of wealthy businessmen. Slowly, Ainu
grows closer to the Madam and is rewarded with knowledge of ancient kung-fu
fighting secrets [e.g., a deadly technique called Ghost Hands].
Later, when a murder occurs at the brothel, investigating Detective Chi
meets - and becomes enamored with - Ainu. He vows to protect her from
the undercurrent of violence before realizing she may be part of it.
Future martial arts
star Yueh Hua plays the role of Detective Chi but he's very much a minor
character. Lily Ho shines as the sympathetic Ainu, but the real star Betty
Pei Ti as the cruel Madam Chun. It's great to see two strong female leads
in such an early Shaw Chinese film. Their relationship is natural and
convincing. But it is rather odd that the film has been strapped with
the International Chinese Courtesan title as 'courtesan' more accurately
describes a higher-class royal escort, closer to a concubine than an prostitute.
None-the-less, this is a beautiful, provocative and very erotic movie
from the early days of Hong Kong cinema.
film with optional ON/OFF English, French or Chinese subtitles; widescreen
uncut 96 minutes, DVD Package encoded for ALL REGION NTSC FORMAT.
Recommended for Mature Audiences