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Intimate Confessions Of A Chinese Courtesan (1972/aka Ai nu/Image Entertainment DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: C+     Film: C+



Chu Yuan’s Intimate Confessions Of A Chinese Courtesan (aka Ai nu/1972) is yet another solid, typical martial arts revenge film in even the Westerns tradition that delivers the pure exploitation of Shaw Brothers filmmaking as a kidnapped young lady is brought to a brothel with its penchant for sick risks and playing with this fire leads to murder and all hell breaks loose.


This is a big production and the Shaw’s do put some money into it, from the sets to the costumes and even if some may or may not be from their other productions, they look good.  The acting is good, the fights entertaining and pace decent, yet it has nothing much to distinguish itself from their other works unless you are a diehard fan of these films.  It is entertaining and interesting, but does not exceed their usual production standards.  At least the ladies are pretty.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is colorful as is typical of a Shaw production, but this still a softer image than the restored print should yield.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono shows more of its dated age and is typical of most Shaw films in their on the fly sound recording and editing.  Extras include a bunch of trailers for other Shaw and related genre films, plus a featurette entitled Intimate Confessions Of 3 Shaw Girls that fans will like.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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