Holy Grail of Taiwanese Rape/Revenge Films
original Taiwanese/Chinese title
FENG HUANG NU SHA XING [Frenzied Female Veneance]
also known as DEADLY DARLNG [Edited English Version]
Karen Young [Yang Chia-Yun]
starring: Lu Hsia-Ren (as Fonda Lynn) · Lun Hua (as Warren Chan) · Tsui
Shou-Ping (as Bernard Tsui)
tries but fails to get justice against her rapist in the courtroom. But
when a court reporter also falls victim to a group of rapists, she retaliates
by taking law into her own hands. The young woman takes brutal revenge
against her four attackers after another humiliating [and lengthy] sexual
producer Joseph Lai released this film, dubbed into English, through his
IFD Company in 1985. As typical of his many sub-par projects, the original
film was edited and mixed with stock footage for the IFD version, released
as Deadly Darling. The original Taiwan movie became a Holy
Grail for collectors. Critic James Owen wrote "No info exists on
the original rape-revenge thriller, it has since disappeared." But...
Here it is. The original version, in Mandarin with Chinese and English
subtitles, fully uncut.
the production of an abnormally large number of rape/revenge thrillers,
the early 80's was a uniquely dark period for Taiwanese cinema. Some historians
believe this was the result of 'general repression by the government.'
The Ministry of Culture in Taiwan introduced a censorship law emphasizing
'social realism' designed to curb the abundance of frivolous sex
comedies in the marketplace. But soon the term 'Social Realism'
became a euphemism for the depiction of sex and violence on the screen.
These motion pictures became known as Taiwan Black Movies. Some of the
more notorious ones are UNDERGROUND
OFF FOR LIFE, LADY
AND DIE, WOMAN
AVENGER: RAPE VENGEANCE, VIRGIN
APOCALYPSE, et al. The director here is Yang Chia-Yun,
one of the few female filmmakers in Tawiwan. She also made EXPOSED
TO DANGER with Parkman Wong.
Taiwanese/Chinese film with Chinese and English subtitles; widescreen
uncut (91 min.);
version in DVD encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD
Extras include selected trailers.
Recommended for Mature Audiences