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Temptress of a Thousand Faces

Hong Kong 1969
produced by
Runme Shaw for Shaw Brothers
directed by Jeong Chang-hwa (= Cheng Chang Ho)
starring Tina Chin-Fei, Chen Liang, Pat Ting Hung, Carrie Ku Mei, Julia Hsia, Jeanette Yu Wei, Chao Hsin Yen, Liu Liang Hua, Yang Chih-Ching, Ouyang Sha-fei, Liu Chun, Fan Mei Sheng
written by Sung Chin

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A female master thief who calls herself the Temptress of a Thousand Faces is loose in Hong Kong, and it seems that of all the cops in the city, only Ji-ying (Tina Chin-Fei) has a lead on her, so much so that the Temptress, whose face nobody knows, has her kidnapped, wears a facial mask to resemble her to the fullest and then robs the diamonds from a fashion show which Ji-ying was supposed to protect. Then Ji-ying is set free, but of course, now she's arrested for robbing the diamonds. Only her boyfriend, reporter Yu-da (Chen Liang) believes in her, and commits a robbery in the Temptress's name to divert suspicion from Ji-ying.

After having been cleaed of the crime and released from prison, Ji-ying is re-kindapped by the Temptress's men almost immediately, and once more the Temptress disguises herself as Ji-ying, but this time not to commit a crime but to have sex with Yu-da - and to add insult to injury, the Temptress lets Ji-ying watch the whole thing via hidden cam.

Ji-ying frees herself, ames her way to Yu-da's place and fights the Temptress right in Yu-da's bedroom. Then she and Yu-da, accompanied by the chief of police and almost the city's entire police force chase the Temptress back to her hideout, where the Temptress manages to cut off Ji-ying and Yu-da from the others, reveals herself (to noone's real surprise) to be Yu-da's clumsy reporter colleague Mao-li (Pat Ting Hung) who has long been in love with him, and then tries to blow up Ji-ying and Yu-da - but ultimately the two lovers are saved and the Temptress is gunned down by the entire police force ...


A crime movie of the supervillain variety that's as silly as it's stylish, as far-fetched as it's energetic - and that's exactly why this movie is so enjoyable, it tells its over-the-top story in an over-the-top way, and while it never takes itself too seriously, it also never lets the tension slip. Add to this your typical 1960's pop art style and you have a wonderful and highly enjoyable piece of cult that has been grossly overlooked at least in the West.



review © by Mike Haberfelner


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