JOE D’AMATO MONTH: China and Sex (1994)

A very rich man falls in love with Tama, the most gorgeous woman in the brothel. Yet she wants nothing to do with him unless he goes through a spiritual journey and enters the four chambers of forbidden. The name for the director may be Robert Yip (or Chang Lee Sun!) and we all know who that is — Joe D’Amato.

How do you know it’s Joe? Well, in addition to some diners flavoring their shrimp in a very private place, there’s also a graphic castration, a theme that shows up in more than two D’Amato movies, Sesso Nero and Novelle licenziose di vergini ogliose.

This movie also marks the end of an era, as it’s the last Filmirage release. After this, D’Amato would mostly make adult films. Often they were epics like As Aventuras sexuals de UlyssesJoe D’Amato’s Outlaws (the first D’Amato movie I ever saw before realizing that he had a whole career making horror movies) and Decameron: Tales of Desire.

That journey into sex and death doesn’t go well for our protagonist. And this is a movie that few care about. But you know. I’m sad as this week comes to a close, a week filled with nearly seventy Joe D’Amato movies. Thank you for joining me and I hope that you discovered something that you came to love too.


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