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Escape from Brothel (1992)

Fa gai kwong ban (original title)
Hung's lover Sam doesn't know that Hung is actually a hooker. He gets involved with a jewelry store robbery and has to hide at Hung's house for a while. Hung tries to hide her profession from Sam, this is where the truth starts unfolding.

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Lung Wei Wang

Writer:

Jamie Luk
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Cast overview:
Alex Fong ... Sam
Pauline Chan ... Hung
Billy Chow ... Billy
Rena Murakami ... Ann
Jamie Luk ... Blackie
Ka-Kui Ho ... Inspector Chan
Sophia Crawford ... Con Artist
Sai-Kit Yung ... Client
Shung Ching Lam Shung Ching Lam ... Man on the Boat
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Hung's lover Sam doesn't know that Hung is actually a hooker. He gets involved with a jewelry store robbery and has to hide at Hung's house for a while. Hung tries to hide her profession from Sam, this is where the truth starts unfolding.

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The UK version is heavily cut by 6 mins 38 secs with edits to the electrocution torture scene, the naked kung fu fight and a baseball bat masturbation scene. See more »

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Extreme violence, extreme sleaze
11 November 2002 | by Bogey ManSee all my reviews

Lung Wei Wang's film ESCAPE FROM BROTHEL (1992) tells the unhappy story of two prostitutes working in a Hong Kong brothel. One of the girls has a boyfriend in the mainland and she is wishing to see him some day again, as does the boyfriend, too. He goes to Hong Kong and tries to save the girl(s) but it is easy to tell what'll follow since this is a CAT III rated film and made in 1992 in Hong Kong.

Director Lung Wei Wang has also directed another ultra violent exploitation actioner called CITY WARRIORS (1991) which is pretty close to ESCAPE FROM BROTHEL but lacks its strong sex scenes. Wang also plays a gang leader in Billy Tang's incredible RUN AND KILL (1993). ESCAPE FROM BROTHEL stars Pauline Chan, who died very recently and sadly so. The cast is adequate in BROTHEL and after all it is a once watchable exploitation junk if the viewer has high tolerance for this kind of film.

The film opens with very graphic and strong sex scene to secure the target audience's interest. There's full frontal female nudity which I haven't seen too often in a "straight" Hong Kong (exploitation) film like this. But the Eastern girls are very beautiful, natural and sensual, and BROTHEL naturally isn't an exception. Alongside sex, there's one other thing this film was made for, and that isn't hard to guess..

Violence, mindless and over-the-top violence which together with sex, makes this among the maddest efforts of the genre even thought it is FAR away from the real masterpieces of the Hong Kong cinema in the 90's. BROTHEL is just exploitation and nothing more, but still it could be much worse than this, and I'm glad I haven't seen too many of the really worst ones.

BROTHEL has some very nice "blue night time photography" which makes the film easier to watch as there's at least some talent in the director. The "plot" turns very slow at the end part of the film, and it is very unnecessary and totally waste of celluloid. The film runs approximately 95 PAL minutes in its uncut form and at least 15 minutes of that is too much. The "dramatic" discussions at the end really makes it hard to watch the film without falling asleep. Also the theme about immigrants and foreigner's in Hong Kong could've been an interesting one, but I would feel naive to try to look this film as anything more than just exploitation. There is some sparks between he and she at the end, but the film makers didn't want to concentrate on those deeper and more ambitious sides, they were interested in the third level rating only.

ESCAPE FROM BROTHEL is among the Hong Kong films that really don't give much clue to what they can really achieve if they want to. BROTHEL is a noteworthy example of Eastern (s)exploitation at its most graphic and insane element. 3/10


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

29 February 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Faa gai kwong ban See more »

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