Friday, December 31, 2010

Kiss Of Death (1973)


The life of a beautiful factory girl is forever changed when she is surprised on her way home from work by a group of 5 miscreant men. The offenders are on an apparent quest for cheap thrills and force the girl to join them at a secluded rooftop hideaway, where they proceed to take turns violating their prey.

Several days after her savage encounter, Ling begins to experience excruciating lower abdominal pain, but refuses to seek medical attention. Her mind can only entertain thoughts of violence and the satisfaction she would receive from killing and maiming those who ruined her. In her quest, she decides to seek employment at a local bar, where women are employed as hostesses and sometimes escorts for their male suitors.

Ling mistakenly attacks a man at the bar, whom upon first glance reminds her of one of the men who assaulted her. After the misunderstanding is smoothed over by the owner (Lo Lieh), Ling convinces him to hire her as one of his hostesses. The bar is also where she meets fellow employee, Hung who tells Ling of a former hostess who is living out her last moments, after contracting a fatal venereal disease, known as "Vietnam Rose". It does not take long for Ling to discover that she also has the deadly disease.

In her final days, she seeks vengeance and also finds love with Lo Lieh, who she sadly cannot enjoy intimately..and who also happens to be a renowned Kung-fu master. After pleading with him, he finally agrees to help her retaliate.

Now the "lady on the roof" will finally get her revenge.

"Teach me kung-fu, so I can kill!"

In Conclusion:

It seems as though the film "Her Vengeance" is a remake of this movie. The plots are almost identical, except I personally believe that this is a much better film. Even with a bittersweet ending, the events that transpire make for a more satisfying viewing experience, without an overbearingly melancholy vibe that I felt detracted from my enjoyment of "Her Vengeance".

The women make for excellent eye candy and possess a timeless elegance not found in more modern films...especially Hung who's weapon of choice is a collection of sharp blades made to look like an ordinary deck of cards. I so need that! :P

Equally entertaining and sleazy, I really love this film!

Highly recommended!

P.S: I am also looking forward to the February 15th release of Director Meng-Hwa Ho's 1971 film, The Lady Hermit.

Screen Captures: (All Screen Caps are taken by me, please do not use without my permission)

Happy New Year, everyone!

1 comment:

Phantom of Pulp said...

Great review of a truly great movie. This is a huge favorite of mine. I live for stuff like this.