Sought-After Zenith in Motion Picture Exploitation!
Original Chinese title: YANG
CHI [The Capture]
Original German Title: WEISSE MADCHEN - GELBE TEUFEL [White Girls
- Yellow Demons]
also known as KARATE, KUSEE, BLONDE KATZEN [Karate Kisses Blonde
ENTER THE SEVEN VIRGINS and VIRGINS OF THE SEVEN SEAS
Ernst Hofbauer and Kuei Chih-Hung
starring Diana Drube · Gillian Bray · Tamara Elliot ·
Deborah Ralls · Wang Hsieh · Yuen Hua · Liu Hui-Ling
their way to Australia, six European women [seemingly NOT
virgins as the title insists], are captured by Chinese pirates who plan
on selling them to the sex-slave market. The girls are taken to the
pirate stronghold on a remote island. When one of the women resists
getting raped by big boss Chao, she is killed. The girls are hysterical
but a Chinese woman named Ko Mei-Mei calms them down and teaches them
the advantages of doing what they're told. Unfortunately for these remaining
five captives, 'doing what they're told' means enduring a lot of torture
and sexual abuse. Ko Mei-Mei has a brother named Ko Pao who feels sorry
for the women but realizes he cannot help them escape. Instead, Ko Pao
slowly begins teaching them martial arts so they can protect themselves
after getting sold into the slave market. The girls are fast learners.
They become proficient quickly and soon challenge the pirates.
the mid-'70s, Shaw Bros Studios - hoping to increase maximum visibility
worldwide - began making International co-production deals. For example,
they partnered with Britain's Hammer Films to make LEGEND
OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES; in Italy, they matched their biggest
star, Lieh Lo (fresh from FIVE
FINGERS OF DEATH) with Lee Van Cleef for STRANGER
AND THE GUNFIGHTER. And in Germany, they made a deal with Rapid
Films for this over-the-top exploitation opus. The two directors involved
were Kuei Chih-Hung (who had just made the lurid S&M thriller KILLER
SNAKES, best known for his BAMBOO
HOUSE OF DOLLS) and Ernst Hofbauer (the sleaze- maestro who
relished in sex documentaries and a bit later would make the hardcore
version of RASPUTIN).
As a result, neither filmmaker was much interested in playing it safe
with this movie. And so, it remains one of the most outrageous yet entertaining
films in the exploitation arena.