Film Review: The Bamboo House of Dolls (1973) by Kuei Chih Hung

Through the early 70s, due to the success of movies like Jack Hill’s “The Massive Doll Home “and “The Massive Fowl Cage”, the exploitation “girls in jail” style grew to become very fashionable. Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers quickly jumped on the bandwagon and gave the world their very own model with added components within the type of some swordplay and a trio of abroad actresses.

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Set in China within the Nineteen Forties in the course of the Second Sino-Japanese Conflict, whereas transporting gold stolen from the Chinese language banks, a convoy of Japanese troopers is ambushed by resistance fighters and the efficiently retrieved loot is then hidden in a cave at White Cloud Peak by the one surviving fighter. After reaching house and whereas within the technique of sending a telegram to his comrades, extra Japanese troopers arrive and kill him. Nonetheless, he manages to move on the key of the treasure to his spouse Hung Yu Lan (Lee Hye Sook) who’s later put right into a feminine focus camp.

Elsewhere in a hospital, extra Chinese language locals are being bayoneted by Japanese troopers who’re on the lookout for an American pilot, extra slaughters comply with earlier than they find and execute him. With their mission achieved, they fortunately depart with a bunch of women together with some voluptuous Caucasian nurses to top off of their 13th girls focus camp. The remainder of the film offers with their life there, together with a few jail breaks and finally to the struggle for gold between the Japanese and the opposition fighters.

The film kicks off with an eye catching, opening-credits sequence consisting of a sleazy number of girls’s bottoms and breasts in wonderful freeze-frames whereas heavy psychedelic music pounding away within the background. It certain is hell for the ladies on this jail camp and as anticipated, the Japanese are pure evil and so they torture them by day whereas excessive rating commanders have their enjoyable with them at night time. Apparently, cleanliness can be a high propriety on the camp, prompting the prisoners to take showers largely in gradual movement and naturally exposing their full property. This every day ritual repeatedly places an enormous smile on the face of the camp’s lesbian safety chief Mako (Terry Liu Wai Yue) who later picks one of many girls and has enjoyable along with her. Nonetheless, there are many cloth-tearing catfights too moreover the traditional every day whipping, slaving and compelled intercourse.

Within the meantime, Hung, along with a blind inmate, befriends the aggressive Nurse Jennifer (Birte Tave), nymphet Elizabeth (Niki Wane), Mary (Roska Rozen) and newcomer Wang Xia and the six of them bond into a bunch the place they appear out for one another. There are spies from either side lurking within the camp too; one among them is Zheng, the jail prepare dinner and he’s planning to get Frolicked so she will take them to the loot. After their failed first breakout, Zhang reveals that there’s one other spy who may also help Hung to flee and he’s the second-in-command Cui Guo Dong (Lo Lieh). However they need to be on the alert due to a traitor amongst them.

Surprisingly, Birte Tave seems to be a enough lead because the fiery inmate and matches in properly with the remainder of the forged, proper right down to her motion scenes. The prolific Lo Lieh all the time delivers in no matter his roles name for and he appears to be like tremendous cool right here in uniform and recognizing darkish shades even at night time. Because the commander, Wang Hsieh places on a reasonably good look however Terry Liu is the one who steals the present. Her Mako is a scheming lesbian character with a whip who radiates sleaziness and craves the unsuspecting inmates with sadistic hungry eyes whereas licking her lips.

Whereas not his finest effort, Kuei just about simply sticks to the system of the style, particularly within the first half set within the jail camp and all the weather are there. Nonetheless, he appears to favor utilizing star-filters to create a moody environment. His strategy to the love scene between Jennifer and Cui which is generally shot in gradual movement and in comfortable focus has a soft-core porn high quality to it. To high it off, there are tons of of lighted candles surrounding the lovers however actually, have they got the time to gentle these candles? Nonetheless, the ultimate struggle between the Japanese and the Chinese language, although motion packed, is nothing to brag about.

By Kuei, this Shaw Brothers’ tackle the “girls in jail” style has sufficient sleazyness and nudity to fulfill its focused viewers. Moreover, it has some first rate motion like a automobile leaping over a wall in slow-motion, loads of shootouts, Lo Lieh sword preventing with Wang Hsieh and lastly, Birte as a pointy shooter.

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