The Golden Lotus (1974)
aka Jin ping shuang yan
Genre: Drama | Erotic
Country: Hong Kong | Director: Han Hsiang Li
Language: Mandarin | Subtitles: English (.srt file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 116mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1280×528 – 23.976fps – 3.44gb
The director outdoes himself in this recounting of the murders, corruptions, and sexual exploits of a Sung Dynasty lothario 900 years ago.
There have been many film versions of “The Golden Lotus”, the most erotic novel in Chinese history, but none have combined artistry with sensuality as successfully as this 1974 classic, featuring three of the screen’s sexiest stars.
The director was already famous for his historical epics and modern sex comedies, but here outdoes himself in this recounting of the murders, corruptions, and sexual exploits of a Sung Dynasty lothario 900 years ago.
The Shaw Brother studios output is nothing short of phenomenal. Founded in the 30s, they have been the hosts of some of Asia’s finest talent, and have created some masterful films, in all genres, although mainly involving wuxia or wushu elements.
The classic tale of The Golden Lotus tells us about the life of Eastern lothario, Ximen Qing (Yang Chun) foot fetishist and businessman, whose money and power allow him to take any woman he desires. Already he has several wives and concubines when due to an accidental meeting, he adds more to his household. After she accidentally drops a bamboo pole on him, his attentions are turned to the demure Pan Jinlian, (Hu Chin) who proceeds, with the assistance of her interfering neighbour, Madam Wang (Wang Lai), to murder her husband, a pancake selling Dwarf, so that Ximen Qing can take her as one of his wives. Things are fine at the house of Ximen Qing, until his attentions leave that of Pan, and are led to the lovely Li Pinger , which causes Pan Jinlian to become jealous and bitter, and the spirits to be angered which leads to the eventual downfall of the small empire Ximan Qing has built.
Jin Ping Mei is considered an important part of Chinese literature as it was the first to portray sexuality in a graphic nature, including the description of various acts and sex toys as well.