Monday, November 23, 2009
Pinky Cheung - Photos and Film Review
Raped by an Angel III – Pinky does a strip tease that will fog your screen and also gets drenched in blood. Not at the same time, regrettably.
Horoscope II – Pinky has an evil sorceress move in next door ladling out curses on Pinky and her husband leading to scene in which a baby is yanked out of Pinky’s stomach.
The Dark Rose – bad movie, great Pinkie as she is kidnapped, tied up, thrown into a suitcase, attacked by snakes and then to top if off she has her period. Now that’s a lousy day.
Raped by an Angel 5 – another bad film but Pinky joins a vigilante group of raped women looking for vengeance but still has time for a deep tongue bashing with another woman. Her first on screen kiss with a female but not her last.
Erotic Nightmare – Pinky is the battered tortured wife of a psycho dream weaver but gets her just revenge in the end.
Devil Touch – reviewed below.
Here and here are some Pinky pictures
Director: Billy Tang
Billy Tang of Red to Kill and Run and Kill fame had lowered the queasy factor considerably by 2002 due to changing audience taste, but he still throws in a few enjoyably gruesome moments in this corporate thriller. One would think that with Hong Kong having become a city of skyscrapers and multinational corporations, that there would be more films dealing with corporate shenanigans but off the top of my head none come to mind. Not that this is a subtle discerning exploration of corporate greed and deal making, but one would not expect that from Tang as he fills the screen with backstabbing, blackmail, ambition, seduction and murder.
A large corporation is in the process of secret and delicate merger negotiations and all the contenders for the top job are trying to outmaneuver one another and if that doesn’t work, then sabotage is the order of the day. Mr. Cheuk (Michael Tiu Dai-yue) appears to be the leading candidate for the CEO job until his ex-secretary Amy (Iris Chai) attacks him in his office with a knife and accuses him of previously raping her. The owner of the company (Henry Fong) brings in Joe (Alex Fong) to shift through the evidence and decide what the truth is. Cheuk claims it was mutual seduction, Amy claims it was a brutal rape – in the end Amy is bought off with a corporate check and Cheuk sent off on suspension. Was he set up or not?
But there are twists within turns as nothing is quite as it seems and no one is to be trusted, especially Jacqueline (Pinky Cheung), an ambitious woman who is determined to break the glass ceiling even if she has to do it with a ball peen hammer, a vegetable slicer or a chainsaw. This is a woman you literally do not want to turn your back on – ever. Pinky brings this film to life whenever she shows up and thankfully she dominates the second half and wrests the film from a bunch of anemic male performances. Pinky is in true psycho mode here and we are blessed not only with a modest lesbian sex scene but also getting to see Pinky in red – blood red that is on a few occasions. It is far from a good film, but whenever Pinky is in it, it is more than watchable.
My rating for this film: 6.0
Not Exactly Asian but sort of Asian Related Watching.
A little bit ago Glenn over on his Blog, A Pessimist is Never Disappointed, made a post regarding Tsai Chin, who played Fu Manchu’s daughter in some six films during the 1960’s in which Fu Manchu was essayed by of course another Caucasian, Christopher Lee. It put me in the mood though to revisit some Fu Manchu movies and I found one in my budget public domain section in the hallway. When I was a kid I vaguely recollect reading some of the Fu Manchu books by Sax Rohmer and of course not knowing any better I became terrified of the Yellow Peril! Though Sax (who apparently really did hate the Chinese) wrote this series of novels beginning in 1912 and didn’t stop until his death in 1959, the threat of the Yellow Peril took on a new urgency in the 1950’s and 1960’s with the Communist China/McCarthy scare that ensued thus creating a perfect environment for a new spate of movies about Fu Manchu. The first Fu Manchu films were silent ones produced in the 1920’s and others followed though his Golden Age in film was definitely the Christopher Lee ones – though quite honestly they are not very good. What I found on my DVD shelf was The Adventures of Fu Manchu and it turned out to be four episodes from a 1956 TV series! They are pretty tatty but still for 1956, they are surprisingly exotic, violent and seductive. Most of the episodes take place in Hong Kong though stock footage is clearly being used for exterior scenes. In each episode Fu Manchu (played by Glen Gordon) with his dwarf assistant and his Egyptian concubine Karamaneh plot to take over the world only to be thwarted by Sir Dennis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie. Each episode ends with Fu knocking over a black piece on a chess board signifying defeat yet one more time.
The kookiest show was when Fu Manchu teams up with a still alive Adolph Hitler. Who could possibly stop such a dynamic devious duo? Well, as it turns out about 4 guys with revolvers. The best thing about the series for me though was the discovery of another beautiful B actress, Laurette Luez, who plays Karamaneh like exotic catnip to snare white guys. She is a total hottie and doing a bit of research on her I discovered she had a few interesting moments in her life – good friend to Marilyn Monroe while she was still Norma Jean and helped her choose her new name and a litany of broken romances and marriages. Her biggest film was as an Indian woman in Kim where she is romanced by an aging Errol Flynn. She died in 1999.
I have not really been following Korean films for a while and so just saw the sad news that Jang Jin-young died of cancer in September at the age of 37. She broke the mold of most of the cutie pie Korean actresses with all the plastic surgery; remaining attractive but not beautiful, tough but vulnerable in her roles, she always felt real. I was surprised by how many of her films I have seen – The Foul King, Sorum, Over the Rainbow, The Scent of Love, Singles, Between Love and Hate and Blue Swallow. Very sad. RIP.
Posted by Brian at 11:43 PM