Erotic Ghost Story III (HK 1991)

Rating: ***
Cast: Pauline Chan, Shing Fui On

The title says it all. This is a gorgeous and sensual fantasy period piece filled with sex, spirits, and swordplay. A man and a woman hide up in a haunted temple and find a crazy monk (Shing Fui On) who transports the man into the world of a seductive painting. There he falls in love with the seductively tragic Pauline Chan, who is one of three beautiful fairies. After the extended love making scenes between the fairies ends, things go to hell as the nasty queen fairy takes the man away for her own sinister plans. Eventually, after everyone else dies, the man and the fairy get to live happily ever after on Earth. The sets, lighting and cinematography are absolutely beautiful, and the love scenes are passionate and sensual without being too awkward and embarassing. And they're particularly striking and romantic when they're filmed in slow motion. The fighting is stylish and energetic and the whole film is a lot of fun even if you don't have a clue what's going on. Above average Category III fare that you wouldn't be TOO embarassed to show your friends.