Friday, December 1, 2017


Lady Cao Feng and I talk about the Chor Yuen classic Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan. Starring Lily Ho Li-Li, Yueh Hua,  and Betty Pei Ti. In Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan a woman named Ai Nu is abducted by Lady Chun and forced to work as a prostitute at her Four Seasons Brothel. Raped, imprisoned and made to witness the brutal murder of a kind would-be-rescuer, she submits to Lady Chun's advances and becomes a courtesan so she can murder the men who raped her and get revenge against the woman who forced her into prostitution. Racy for its day, the film blends eroticism, lesbianism, mystery and swordplay. Many consider it one of Chor Yuen's greatest films. I have to say, watching it again, I was struck by how well it was filmed and how everything is patiently laid out and brought together in the end. 

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend viewing the movie. The final fight scene in particular is very well done and there are moments in it that are truly surprising and exceptional. 

Here is the podcast discussion. Note that it contains both spoilers and discussion about rape (which is part of the plot in the film). 

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