2010/05/01

Lover of the Last Empress (Hong Kong Cat III)

Yau Suk Ching

Country: Hong Kong
Released Date: 1995
Language: Cantonese and Mandarin (Dual Sound)
Subtitles: English | Chinese
Genre: Adult | Drama | Hong Kong Cat III
Video Format | Size: AVI | 703M
Director: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung
Producer: Wong Jing
Cast: Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Yu Rong-Guang

Set in ancient China, Lover Of The Last Empress takes us on a historical journey through the intricate schemes and sometimes outrageous lives of the Emperor, his concubines and his followers.

Director Andrew Lau’s semi-serious yet schlocky Category III picture about the last empress of China is an involving, though unbelievable melodrama. Sweet, innocent Yu-Lan (Chingmy Yau) rises to the top of the food chain (Empress Dowager) by learning the art of sex, using it to her advantage, and then being a bitch to everyone who helped her along the way (including Emperor Yu Rong-Guang and his wife Valerie Chow). Helping her is Prince Kung (Tony Leung Ka-Fai), who shares true lust with Yu-Lan for years and years.
Thanks to HK storytelling, all of this historical dramatization seems like high soap opera rather than high art. Hanging the fate of a country on incidents like getting your cat boiled really doesn’t ring true; Yu-Lan’s loss of innocence is more sensationalized than serialized. Add that to the "sex training" sequences and you're looking at The Last Emperor crossed with Sex & Zen. Seriously though, the film isn't as fetid as your usual Category III, and Chingmy Yau turns in a better-than-usual performance.

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