First 'Emmanuelle' film in the official 'Emmanuelle' series not to feature Sylvia Kristel nor see her playing Emmanuelle. Kristel did not appear in Emmanuelle 6 (1988) either but would return for Emmanuelle VI (1993).
In 1985, ASP films (owner of the Emmanuelle films since the first official feature) approached Polish director Walerian Borowczyk (known for his heavily erotic art films) to helm the latest Emmanuelle feature, and he accepted, intrigued by the idea of giving a new spin to the series and character. "She is free, without prejudice, and she has confidence in herself" he told France's "Cinema" magazine in the April 87 issue. Once in production, however, he was to be in conflict with his producers; first over the casting of his lead actress, and later for his abstract imagery and script.
French distributor AAA gave Emmanuelle 5 (1987) a strong push in print ads and promotional posters, all touting filmgoers with the Borowczyk name. A series of six different styles of poster were designed by artist Léo Kouper. The posters all bore different quotes from writer Emmanuelle Arsan, endorsing the work of Walerian Borowczyk.
Amidst critiques to Emmanuelle 5 (1987), there were also rumors Walerian Borowczyk didn't actually direct anything but the "film within a film" Love Express sequence. This was mostly because he utilized a series of assistant directors for certain exteriors, namely the Cannes and Middle-Eastern segments. The film, however, contains his trademark lighting, the handwritten notes and drawings, themes of censorship and hypocrisy.
Emmanuelle 5 (1987) clocks in at a brief 85 minutes, after the director himself sheared the film of several scenes of dialog and exposition, preferring to lay voice-overs to scenes of erotic visual montages. Shot in English sync-sound, it also features the first American actress to play the Emmanuelle character. The film shoot took place on location in Paris, Cannes, and the island of Réunion from May 26 to July 19 in the year 1986.
The Emmanuelle 5 soundtrack is more lush Europop, this time featuring 80s style synth in addition to the guitars and vocals (by Sandy Stevenson and the film's composer Pierre Bachelet himself). There are also exotic middle-Eastern sounding tracks, in keeping with the film's harem sub-plot. It was never released on LP or CD, unusual for a Bachelet score. It remains highly coveted by his fans, and those of the Emmanuelle films.