Monday, February 23, 2009

Bamboo House Of Dolls (1973) - Non Spanking Movie Review Monday


The Bamboo House Of Dolls (1973) - Chinese Trailer

The Bamboo House Of Dolls (1973) - German Trailer


The Bamboo House Of Dolls (1973) - End Fight


The Bamboo House Of Dolls (1973) - A Punishment

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A nurse in a Japanese women's POW camp during World War II masterminds an escapee.

The story is about a Japanese war camp in which the Chinese women are brutalized, abused and raped by the bad Japanese (what else?) during the World War II. The girls also know a secret place in which a box full of gold is hidden and also learn that a Chinese military officer raised in Japan (Shaw veteran Lo Lieh) is actually now an undercover agent among the other Japanese and naturally helps the girls escape the hell. What follows is sequences full of gratuitous nudity, female kung fu, some nasty torture, gore, sleaze and extremely offensive anti Japan attitude that make this film pure and honest garbage that doesn't even try to be more than it is.


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Bamboo House Of Doll (1973) is the Shaw Brothers' uninspired spin on the lurid women-in-prison (WIP) sub-genre of exploitation cinema, mixed with the World War II sub-genre of action. It was directed by Chih-Hung Kwei.

This is considered one of the greatest Women In Prison films ever made. Ric Meyers, author of the seminal book "For One Week Only: The World Of Exploitation Films", called it "the ultimate chain-gang kung-fu caper flick", while a leading cult movie website dubbed it "a great piece of Hong Kong filth that just can't be beat!" All this, international martial arts hero Lieh Lo, and Asia's number one Scandinavian sex kitten, too.

The film's English title is an obvious reference to producer Roger Corman "The Big Doll House (1971), another WIP film that was released two years earlier. That film, which co-starred Pam Grier in her first notable starring role, was a huge commercial success for the B-movie maven and possibly inspired Shaw Brothers to try their hand at the sub-genre. Bamboo House Of Dolls ditches the criminal element of Corman's film in favor of nationalism, a theme that was dominating the genre films of Hong Kong at the time beginning with Jimmy Wang Yu throttling Japanese opponents in The Chinese Boxer, one of them coincidently played by Lo Lieh.

The film has also some enjoyable turkey elements for sure! For example, the gold box, filled with heavy gold, seems suspiciously light as the weak and suffered girls don't seem to have any problems lifting and moving it, not to speak of throwing it! Also those numerous "skin fight scenes" make this quite smile inducing for fans of trash cinema. The same director's Killer Snakes (1973) which is ten times more noteworthy as a piece and even though it has many alive snakes killed for real, it is also visually more interesting and shows us some nasty sides of the other side of the big city and society.

The first half of the movie is consecrated to extreme sadistic tortures that go on in the camp : a girl is forced to walk barefoot on broken glass, another one is raped by the warden who uses an enormous dildo. But no offense here, the scene is shown only in shadows.

The movie suggests a lot, shows a little and finally stays ambiguous. The lighting is often bad, slaps are given far away from the cheeks. Note a particular love scene only enlighten with bright candles which melts with the whole screen width.

The shower scene is funny because the ladies take their shower in barrels! The director lets his camera linger along the nude bodies during a long time.

- Also Kno0w As -

  • Bamboo House Of Dolls - Hong Kong English Title
  • Bamboo Women's Prison - Europe English Title
  • Bambus Camp, The - German
  • Camps D'amour Pour Chiens Jaunes - France
  • Das Bambuscamp Der Gequälten Frauen - Germany
  • Dragão De Ouro, O - Portugal Original Subtitled Version
  • Lui Chap Chung Ying - Chinesse
  • Nu Ji Zhong Ying - China
  • Orgia Se Stratopedo Gynaikon - Greece
  • Storia Segreta Di Un Lager Femminile - Italy
  • 女集中營 - Chinesse Language Title

My Scenario:

My scenario is a scene that wasn't in the original movie, but I would like to have seen it in the movie 'The Bamboo House Of Dolls (1973).

Jennifer is sitting on the side of her bed in the prisoner’s quarters. In walks Sergeant Akio of the Imperial Japanese Army, one of the prison camp guards. He is followed by two very large, or at least large for Japanese men.

Jennifer doesn't stands up, as she is supposed to do when there is a Japanese Guard present. Sergeant Akio walks over to her. "Stand up bitch, in my present."

She looks up at him. "Fuck you bastard." She is new at the camp and doesn't understand the rules yet.

He gives her the back of his hand. Looking over at the two guards who had accompanied him into the barracks, he says something to them. "Take her to the punishment room and put her over the bench. Restrain and strip her."

Jennifer backs up and the two guards grab her by her arms and they drag her out of the barracks. A number of women follow them.

Jennifer is dragged across the compound to a large building that she's never been in before. They drag her over to a bench in the center of the room and while she fights like a wild cat, they restrain her to the bench, face down.

One of them then takes a knife out of his waist and begins to cut off her clothes. "No, get your greasy hands off me. This isn't right."

The two guards cut her clothes off and she is laying there buck naked. Ass sticking up in the air. One of the guards reaches out and strokes her bare ass. He says something to the other guard in Japanese that Jennifer doesn't understand. They both laugh and step over to the side of the room. They wait for Sergeant Akio to come.

It isn't long before Sergeant Akio arrives. He is carrying his razor strap. He walks up to Jennifer and runs his hand down her back and across her naked ass. "This I'm going to enjoy bitch." He then turns to two guards and says something to them. The three laugh.

Jennifer is crying. "Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo, Boo Hoo."

Stepping back Sergeant Akio raises the razor strap in the air and brings in down on the crying Jennifer’s ass.

Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch. No oh god NOOOOOO." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch. Oh please don't" Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch."

Sergeant Akio beat Jennifer's backside unmercifully. It at first started out lily white, then pink, red and finally a swollen mass of black and blue bruises. It swell up to almost twice its normal size.

Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch." Crack. "Yeeeeeeowch."

Jennifer mercifully passed out. But that didn't hinder Sergeant Akio from beating her ass till it was raw. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack. Crack.

Sergeant Akio stopped the beating, he then had the two guards get all the prisoners to walk through the punishment room and observe the poor Jennifer laying there with her ass raw and swollen from the beating. He then had them line up in the compound and reminded them that they could expect more of the same if they broke any of the rules.

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