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Night club singer Sasa is murdered, and Lin Sau-Ming (Kao Yuen) seems
to be a cut-out culprit: Firstly he once had an affair with Sasa, secondly
she tried to blackmail him, and thirdly he was seen near the scene of the
crime. So it shouldn't be surprising that he is arrested by the police and
later let out only on bail. But Sau Ming's problems do not end here, since
now two parties, Sasa's brother Dai Kang and crooked private eye Ma Fei
are trying to blackmail him ... and when he refuses to pay up (essentially
because he knows he's innocent) both blackmailers try their luck with his
wife Man-Ying (Ivy Ling Po), the only one who believes in Sau-Ming's
innocence - but apparently not enough to not want to pay up to Ma Fei.
Only when she visits him to pay him, she finds him killed, & while Dai
Kag seems to be a tailormade suspect, she witnessed him driving away
In her desperation, Man-Ying confides in her friend Wai-Kang (Wang
Hsia) and his wife Ai-Jun (Li Hsiang-Chung) ... even though she suspects
Wai-Kang of having had an affair with Sasa up until her death, and that
she tried to blackmail him too. And when Man-Ying finds Sasa's necklace
hidden in Wai-Kang's car, she has no more doubts that he is the killer and
confides in his wife Ai-Jun ... but what she hasn't expected is that
Ai-Jun knew everything about her husband's affair and killed Sasa out of
jealousy and Ma Fei because he tried to blackmail her as well ... and now
she prepares to kill Man-Ying too, and is only in the last minute stopped
cold by her own husband ...
It might not be a great film, but Raw Passions is an effective
and completely entertaining little sex-and-crime thriller that is injustly
underrated by genre fans, especially compared to the excitement that often
inferior sex-and-crime thrillers from that era from Italy (the so-called
giallos) invariably create when released on DVD.