I once saw an interview with writer/director Eli Roth about what exactly makes an exploitation film.  He sees himself as a purveyor of the genre, especially with his Hostel movies.  Roth went on to say that an exploitation movie is a movie that does nothing other than entertain, and often gruesomely.  We have all heard of horror exploitation films – Rob Zombie is a great example of this.  Then they are women in prison films, blaxaploitation and now, with the release of this film, something completely different – kung-fu-sploitation.

Starting this April 22, now available on DVD for the first time from Image Entertainment and Celestial Pictures comes a unique kung-fu movie from the minds of the Shaw Brothers.  Intimate Confessions Of A Chinese Courtesan is ready for you to bring home and be amazed by good looking Chinese women, some pretty incredible kung-fu and swordplay, and by just how bad movies used to be.

Intimate Confessions Of A Chinese Courtesan is the story of young Ai Nu, who is kidnapped from her poor parents in a forgotten village and taken to the Four Seasons brothel.  This brothel is run by a deadly lesbian who quickly takes a liking to the rebellious Ai Nu and teaches her all sorts of martial arts tricks.  Of course, this takes place only after some sexual initiations and scenes of brutal whippings.  In time, Ai Nu comes to be the golden jewel at the Four Seasons, but she begins to turn deadly.  Ai Nu works on getting her revenge to the many people who have wronged her, triggering a visit from a police detective who is trying his hardest to stop her.  All of this comes together for a whirlwind ending.

The special features included in this DVD are trailers, still galleries, a featurette about the different women in this movie, and some great dubbed English language track.  That’s always the best part about Asian movies.

This movie is hilarious!  The sets look nice and the kung-fu is pretty decent.  But it’s just way too bad to be anything other than humorous.  The brothel owner is a lesbian, there are some scenes where she drinks blood, the film constantly utilizes freezing the frame and then playing suspenseful music and there are intermittent blasts of bass and saxophone, so it’s hard to tell if you’re watching a Chinese movie or John Shaft.  So funny.

This movie gets way too Intimate to be taken seriously, but it’s a whole barrel of laughs.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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