Lady In Heat (1999)
Written & directed by: Chu Yen-Ping & Shieh Wen-Cheung
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Pretty much a given fact that the farther we away we got from Chu Yen-Ping's wackiness and poignancy in the form of Pink Force Commando, Flying Dagger, Island Of Fire, A Home Too Far, he disappeared way into the background. Showing something minor was still there in 1997 when he went back to prison territory again in Jail In Burning Island, Lady In Heat at least doesn't have the annoying kids from the popular Shaolin Popey movies. Point. It doesn' truly have any points of interest either as it's simply a trio of pitches to a movie studio, resulting in a trio of short films within the Category III rated feature.
Pink Encounter (Chu Yen-Ping)
House For Rent (Shieh Wen-Cheung)
Lady In Heat (Chu Yen-Ping)
Everything has to happen quickly in these stories so there's little room for new interpretation of the material. Chu Yen-Ping is here to showcase the two women and does so in a manner that is pretty much inappropriate (in terms of what is logical for the movie). Sex-scenes feature wind machines making the leads hair blow in a supposed sexy way while they're indoors, Taiwan is apparently suffering from intense lighting storms at night whenever there's sexual encounters and a silly love montage strays way away from the sleazy, steamy mood of the short. Then again it's well sold, clearly manufactured by a male director (the lesbian night club-scene is a testament to this and on the soundtrack we get quite a selection of filthy songs too) and Chu's selection of females are attractive, alone or together.
It's all not very believable, involving or exciting once the twists have been flashed before us but combine all that with some truly, ultra-genuine WTF-moments created late in the tale, we're at least genuinely amazed by the mad mind of Chu's that take matters (seemingly anyway) into supernatural, symbolic directions. The reaction should be "Huh?" and the project that is Lady In Heat will and should be shrugged off. There's positive and suitable filmmaking available as this is a good ol' exploitation-venture but signs late in the last story confirms that the idea of not being dull should've been put forth earlier in the production.
The DVD (Hoker Records):
Video: 1.50:1 non-anamorphic widescreen approximately.
Audio: Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: Imbedded English and Chinese.
reviewed by Kenneth Brorsson