Ching lau sap yi fong
Mandarin: Qin lou shi er fang
English: Qing Twelve Story Building
One of the better entries in the early 90s HK period sex craze, this Long
Shong production offers up some enjoyably base humour and bizarrely enticing
eroticism, which helps to counteract distasteful scenes of torture and rape.
The main plot centers around young maiden Siu-ching (Ching Suet-ngan), who
reluctantly sells herself to a brothel for five years in order to bury her
recently deceased father and pay off his debts. After she initially refuses
to perform her duties, the madam of the establishment, Miss Ng (Yvonne Yung
Hung; image, nudity), sentences her to a dip in the
"magic cup" (a boiling tub of eels!). Siu-ching, understandably,
changes her mind after this ordeal and is aided in her transition by kind
worker Yat (Dick Lau Dik-chi), who harbors an obvious affection for the girl.
Various subplots fill out the remainder of the running time: when a competitor
brings in a caucasian hooker from overseas, the virginal master carpenter
Kong (Kent Cheng Chuk-see) tries to boost business by creating wild sexual
props like the "Tai Chi Bed" and new positions like the "Super
Shooter"; Yat and Siu-ching try to mend their relationship after a misunderstanding
arises from her use of a powerful aphrodisiac; the top-heavy Sister Bamboo
(Yuen King-tan) finds herself without clients after accidentally smothering
one with her enormous breasts; and Miss Ng concocts a plan to trap a killer
rapist (Elvis Tsui Kam-kong) who has been preying on the local working girls.
The bizarre highlight has to be Yat and the white girl doing it on a giant
chicken sex chair (a prostitute is called a kai or "hen"
in Cantonese slang)!
Shing Fui-on co-stars as the lecherous local constable and Victor Hon Kwan
plays a filthy derelict who begs on the street, not for food, but so that
he can frequent the brothel. The film was directed by Ivan Lai Kai-ming, no
stranger to the genre with other Category III efforts like EROTIC GHOST STORY
III, DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS I & II, and THE IMP (1996 version) to his credit.
Cover art courtesy Universe.
|Universe #5278 (Hong Kong
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, sexual
violence, torture, coarse language, and crude content
DVD menu courtesy
BOARD RATINGS AND CONSUMER ADVICE
British Columbia: R (Completely Concerned
Hong Kong: III [Passed With Cuts]
*The pre-cut HK version
Universe has simply ported over their old LD/VCD master
for this release but the results are not bad. Colors are somewhat pale in
spots and the image is a bit soft but the element is clean and the presentation
looks perfectly acceptable; the audio is fine (though the Mandarin dub is
very studio bound). There are no extras. HK censors toned down a rape scene
and it is this edited version that is offered on the DVD.
ANCIENT CHINESE WHOREHOUSE is
available at Poker Industries.
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