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Girls From China, The

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 24 - 2012

The Girls From China (1992)
Director: Barry Lee Ying-Lok
Writers: John Chong
Starring: Isabelle Chow, Pauline Chan, Jimmy Au Shui-Wai, and Charlie Cho



The Plot: Chow Ying (Isabelle Chow) is a naive young woman from the mainland who arrives in Hong Kong looking to lead her dream life. However, when she first makes it to the island she is picked up by an uncle who quickly shows himself to be a disgusting pervert. Ying quickly moves out and starts working at a cosmetic counter in a small store. While here, she begins a small relationship with one of her co-workers, a young man named Kent, but Ying isn’t ready to settle down yet. She moves out and takes a few classes in order to learn to sell insurance, and this new direction finally sets her on the path to riches and glory. Ying finds herself seducing potential customers, and after she solidifies a few big contracts, she is finally her own woman. After this, her love life becomes a roller coaster that inevitably leads to Kent showing up in her life again – but he reveals that he is actually a madman who wants to torture the beautiful Ying. Will Ying survive her encounters with this lunatic, or will her new lifestyle drag her into a cesspool of debauchery?



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Trailer Thursday: Black Caesar

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 23 - 2012

Trailer Thursday

Although it has been quite easy to forget Trailer Thursday, I managed to sneak this one in right before midnight. Although things have been slow here on Varied Celluloid, don’t get used to it. Currently, there are multiple reviews in the pipeline. The Girls From China, China Dolls, Raping!, The Viral Factor, and White Vengeance are all soon to be gracing the Varied Celluloid website. For now, take a look at a trailer for the 1973 blaxploitation classic Black Caesar, starring the immortal Fred “The Hammer” Williamson. It’s an amazing feature if you haven’t seen it already. If you’re looking for more information, click on the artwork below to read the very old review from Varied Celluloid!



The Plot: Tommy Gibbs is a rough and tumble kid who grows up on the rough streets of Harlem where he is persecuted by a older and quite-crooked police officer. After the cop tries to permanently injure Tommy, the young kid disappears for a few years only to come back as a strong young man – who also happens to be doing very well as a hired killer. After taking a few people out, Tommy teams with the local mafia. He works as a hired assassin, but being a two-bit killer for the mob isn’t all Tommy aspires to be. He has big plans that are going to take him right to the top of the New York underworld – and then some. With great power and corruption just around the corner, will Tommy be able to hold up to the stress and danger that his high risk lifestyle will bring him?


Navajo Joe

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 13 - 2012

Navajo Joe (1966)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Writers: Fernando Di Leo, Ugo Pirro, and Piero Regnoli
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell and Nicoletta Machiavelli



The Plot: Duncan is a ruthless monster who has been working in-between the law for years. He was originally tasked with hunting down Natives who were considered to be outlaws, but eventually his ire was drawn towards any Native American village that he crossed. After ruthlessly massacring another group of Native Americans, Duncan heads into town with the goal of selling off their scalps. However, he finds opposition with the city council who no longer want Duncan’s help. After bullying the citizenry for a bit, Duncan is presented a much more interesting opportunity. A man named Lynne sells out the mayor of his neighboring town and tells Duncan of a train which is supposed to be bringing a substantial grant for this neighboring city. Joe (Burt Reynolds), a very tough Native who has been watching Duncan, quickly catches up with a group of prostitutes who have heard the details behind Lynne and Duncan’s plan. However, will Joe do what is right or is he only out to line his own pockets?


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Trailer Thursday: The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 9 - 2012

Trailer Thursday

Unfortunately, this is the only update VC has seen in a week! There are several reviews in the pipeline, but many are being saved for the upcoming Halloween Horrors movie marathon. For now, take a look at this awe-inspiring trailer for Sergio Martino’s The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail. A very impressive “whodoneit” from the Italian maestro, apparently the distributors were even more impressed with the film than I was. Watching this trailer, which is in full Italian, it seems that the voiceover looks to compare Martino with Sergei Eisenstein, Fritz Lang, and Luis Bunuel! Very high praise! Here’s the trailer in question, as well as a link to the Varied Celluloid review.



The Plot: Young trophy wife Mrs. Lisa Baumer (Ida Galli) is at home with her lover when her husband’s plane is blown up in the middle of the sky. When it becomes known that she will be the beneficiary of a one million lira insurance policy, she has several would-be pursuers turning up. A former flame, who is now addicted to drugs, approaches her and informs her that he has a letter from one year ago that will allude to her guilt in killing her husband. She agrees to pay him off for the letter, but when she turns up at his apartment in order to purchase the evidence, it seems that someone has broke in and killed him. The young wife immediately leaves for Greece, where her husband’s insurance firm’s head office is, in order to grab her money and run. After getting her money, all of it in cash, she prepares her things in order to start a new life. Unfortunately, she is soon murdered and the money is stolen. Before her death, the insurance agency had hired Peter Lynch (George Hilton) to keep an eye on Mrs. Baumer just in case there we a possibility of insurance fraud. After he discovers her death, Peter is soon wrapped up in the murder mystery surrounding the deaths of Mrs. Baumer, her former lover and her husband as well. The two questions that will puzzle the audience are who is behind all of these assassinations, and what will bring them to justice?

Trailer Thursday: Assault! Jack the Ripper!

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 4 - 2012

Trailer Thursday

If you know me, you know that I am a fan of Japanese exploitation director Yasuharu Hasebe. He’s the man who brought the world the “violent pink” genre, and one of the key movies in this subgenre is Assault! Jack the Ripper. A very violent and experimental film, it may be one of Hasebe’s absolute best. This trailer reveals some key elements within the film, but it is so out of context that it won’t spoil things terribly. Once again, this is a title that has been reviewed on Varied Celluloid, so click on the poster art for the full review.



The Plot: Assault! Jack the Ripper tells the story of a young baker who makes cakes at a small restaurant where the latest waitress is giving the management trouble. She has a severe attitude problem and a great deal of arrogance that puts her at odds with all customers. On a rainy night she asks the baker to give her a ride home and along the way a young hitchhiker invites herself into their car. When the hitchhiker strips nude, rubs herself down with cake and then finds a knife resting in the back seat, these two are reasonably frightened. With the knife, this hitchhiker begins slicing into her own arm and presents herself as a threat. They shove the hitchhiker out of the car and take off as fast as they can, but accidentally end up dragging the young woman who then dies. They drive to an abandoned car lot and hide the body, but when they return back to the waitresses home… they both discover they are turned on by the fear and violence. After this night of passion, the young waitress wants more and she prods the baker into pursuing more victims so that they can continue their torrid love affair. However, the baker soon begins to grow a passion for the violence alone.
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