Hong Kong Movie
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| Reincarnation of Golden Lotus (1989)
Director: Clara Law
Wong, Eric Tsang, Pal Sin, Wilson Lam
"Once upon a time, there was an
unfaithful wife...'' Probably not how it really begins, but close enough
for our purposes. ""It'', in this case, is "The Story of Golden Lotus",
either one of the classics of Chinese Literature, or one of the most
widely-read porn novels of all time, depending on who, and when, you
ask. One thing everyone agrees on, however: the story ends with the
aforementioned unfaithful wife, Lotus, getting her head chopped off.
After Lotus' death, her ghost refuses
to take the final draught of the Potion of Forgetfulness, drunk before
reincarnation; she does not desire surcease, she wants revenge.
In due course, she is reincarnates
just before the Cultural Revolution to take revenge on everyone who
wronged her in the past. We shuttle back and forth between wooden period
tableaux and mundane modern-day happenings as she reverts to her old
self, and becomes the luckless prey of various abusive men. Through the
carefully threaded flashbacks to the Sung Dynasty, she comes to the
realization that she is the reincarnation of the "number one" courtesan
of ancient China.
List Price: US $24.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese / Japanese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
"May be Inappropriate For Children" (Broad
rating may be roughly equal to an MPPA rating of
"PG-13" to "R". In the late 1980s
this rating splintered in two ratings: IIA and IIB) Films
rated Category II may contain mild to strong violence,
nudity that is usually not sexually oriented, explicit
language and adult situations.