Review by Bruce Walsh
another one of those Japanese-French Co-Pro's,
produced by Argus Films and Tereyama Productions.
This baby sports two
directors, and that may explain a few things.
Anatole Dawman directed the interiors (the
bulk of the flick) from Paris. Hiroko Govaers
is responsible for the rest in Tokyo.
Set in China in the late 1920s,
this is a tale of Kink and Revolution. K2
is Sir Stephen the weathly Westerner. Isabelle
Illiers is "O", the innocent sex
slave and wife of Sir S. Arielle (LACE)
Dombasle is Natalie, lover of Sir S. and
overall hot babe.
Plot? "O" goes to
work in a bordello at Sir S's request, in
order to strengthen their love. Meanwhile,
the Clandestine Coolie Commission goes to
Sir S. for a loan toward the revolution.
This is a Symbolistic, Surrealistic,
Sadomasochistic, Seminal Flow of a flick.
Loaded with birds and old Orientals and
opium. There's a midget with a bird head
ruling a flaming hoop, an odd rocking bird
sex machine, a guy with a poking fetish,
a child abuse/dog thing, a piano playing
in the river and Death waltzing in and out
of most scenes.
And always remember, "Pleasure
can be shared, suffering is for Stephen