Ngai tan jiu yiu geng: 96 Ying siu ming chak
Mandarin: Yi tan zhao yao jing: 96
Ying zhao ming ce
English: Entertainment Industry Evil
Lens: 96 Call List
After a tiny role in the mainstream feature TRAGIC COMMITMENT (1995),
voluptuous Cammy Choi Mei-lan (winner of the Miss Photogenic Award at the
Miss Asia 1993 Pageant) decided to try her luck in the Category III arena.
However, she appeared only in DEVIL'S WOMAN (reviewed
in issue #27) and this feature before retreating to the mainland club
circuit, demonstrating that even hordes of drunken, lecherous businessman
make for better company than HK movie producers.
She plays nightclub singer Rebecca, whose dynamite figure draws in
far more customers than her decidedly limited vocal abilities. Rebecca really
yearns to get into movies and impulsively signs a deal with agent Mandy (Lee
Suet-man; image, nudity) that lands her in Holland
Human Milk Powder commercials (!) and a bit part as a maggot-riddled corpse
in "Lust Bun," an UNTOLD STORY knockoff starring Lei Meng (Jimmy
Wong Shu-kei). Desperate to get out of her contract, Rebecca agrees, instead,
to become Mandy's assistant and learns that her boss is pimping various starlets
to affluent clients. Happy with the easy money and light responsibilities
the job entails, Rebecca soon experiences the downside of the procurement
business: STDs, blackmailing triads, and foreign clients with bizarre demands.
A psychotic admirer is also out to end her budding relationship with Meng.
This is typically witless, but reasonably painless, C-III fare that delivers
some mildly erotic moments. HK adult movies rarely qualify as couples fare,
however, and REBEKAH is no exception: Stuart Ong/Yung Sai-kit and his flunkies
rape a Mainland girl who repeatedly tries to tell them that she has VD, a
sequence that is actually played for laughs (at least it is handled more tastefully
than a similar bit in RAPED BY AN ANGEL). However, this scene is not as bizarre
as the big dramatic twist that occurs in the final reel, a development so
far out of left field it is a headspinner even by local standards. Amazingly,
Elvis Tsui Kam-kong does not put in an appearance but director Tony Ma Tin-yiu
(THE SIX DEVIL WOMEN) still enjoyed a stellar cast as these things go, including
Chin Kwan (THE ETERNAL EVIL OF ASIA), Johnny Tang Siu-chuen, William Ho Kar-kui,
Lee Siu-kei, Spencer Lam Sheung-yee, and Wong Yat-fei.
Cover art courtesy Universe.
|Universe #6303 (HK label)
Dolby Digital 2.0
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks (both post-synced)
Permanent English and Traditional Chinese Subtitles
8 Chapters Illustrated in the Menu With Clips
Coded for ALL Regions
Contains frequent nudity and sexual content, mild sexual
violence, moderate violence, and movie-within-a-movie gore
DVD menu courtesy
BOARD RATINGS AND CONSUMER ADVICE
Hong Kong: III
As with some of Universe's other Category III titles,
the company has simply used their old laserdisc master. Thankfully, the transfer
is much better than the one for DEVIL'S WOMAN and the DVD also sports a far
superior digital compression job. The image is slightly soft and contrasts
are variable but colors are deep and the presentation is usually attractive.
The audio is a bit thin; the Cantonese track has some right channel dropouts.
There are no extras.
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