|Directed by Bitto Albertini|
Starring Chai Lee, Giuseppe Pambieri
and Ilona Staller (Cicciolina)
Review: (If this review sounds at all familiar, it's because I've published it on several forums under the name "Futura-2.")
From the promotional materials of the time, The Sensuous World of Emy Wong (better known by the unfortunate title Yellow Emanuelle) one would think Bitto Albertini (aka Albert Thomas) was intending to churn out another soft-core romp, similar to the films of Joe D'Amato. However, after the opening montage around the seedier parts of Hong Kong, viewers find themselves in the midst of a very different kind of film.
|George and Emy get jiggy wit' it.|
On one hand, you've got Ilona Staller (who later became one of the more off-the-wall figures of Italian porn and Parliament) and Giuseppe Pambieri engaging in much (simulated) sleazy sex, accompanied by Nico Fidenco's pornoesque score. On the other hand, the romance between Chai Lee's Emy Wong and Pambieri seems to come from another film entirely. It's sensitively told, the actors really seem to believe in what they're doing, and their love scenes are beautifully shot (including one in an unfurnished bedroom that is just this side of art.)
|Love amongst the neon.|
All-in-all, the film is enjoyable and beautifully photographed. Those who prefer their sleaze a bit warmed-over but with *some* dramatic oomph will enjoy this picture. Those looking for something a bit more sordid may want to look elsewhere, perhaps to Joe D'Amato's huge catalogue of sexploitation.
|"But what's my motivation?"|