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監獄不設防 (1989)
Jail House Eros

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 10/20/2008
Summary: definitely not a "thriller"...

'jail house eros' has a slightly convoluted plot. it involves blackie (joanna chan), an inmate who wants to escape, rival gangs of inmates, led by maggie cheung (?) and chan git-leng, the head warden / chief inspector (stanley fung) and his on-off girlfriend / exorcist (pauline wong), the ghosts of a prison guard (ha chi-jan) an inmate (loletta lee), and three young chancers who are decorating part of the prison / trying to seduce the inmates (lau sek-yin, jeng gwan-chi and dickson lee). somehow, everything comes together in the end, though...

well, this is a bit of an odd, but ultimately fun film. it starts off like exploitative cat III girls in prison film, but soon changes to a ghost story and a comedy. strangely, it kinda works and is a fun watch.


Reviewed by: Tonic
Date: 05/09/2008

Genre bending - it'll have you going 'huh!??' in some scenes, but very funny in places.

I never thought that you could blend a prison movie, with a ghost one and throw in the odd cat III stylings too and it actually be entertaining.

Reviewed by: danton
Date: 12/27/2002

Gone are the days when HK movies were a mind-boggling grab-bag of different genres thrown together on a shoestring budget in a sometimes bizarre and often highly innovative and refreshing manner. If you miss those days (and who wouldn't, given the bland and mediocre films currently coming out of HK), give Jail House Eros a try. It's an amazingly silly and incoherent mix of teen comedy, mild Cat 3 exploitation, horror, ghost romance and Amy Yip breast jokes. The plot is really just an excuse to show lots of scenes of girls fighting and ripping off their clothes, along with some mild satire and topical humour, farcical comedy of errors, ghostly shenanigans and taoist spells, and did I mention breast jokes?

Fetching Loletta Lee plays a prison inmate who dies during an escape attempt in the opening credits. Cut to ten years later, and we have a colourful assortment of female inmates spending much of their time engaging in catfights or making fun of Amy Yip's assets and otherwise behaving as if they were at a high school summer camp rather than in prison. Throw into the mix three male teenagers trying to sneek into the facility to frolic with the female convicts, a bumbling prison ward, and Loletta's ghost who is still confined to being behind bars and who yearns to escape so she can finally reincarnate. Things get ugly when a bitchy prison guard gets killed and returns as a rather unpleasant demon, and soon we have the usual hi-jinx familiar from films like Magic Cop.

I don't want to make this movie to appear better than it is - it's really a very low-budget quickie with no redeeming artistic value whatsoever. It doesn't even quite hold up in comparison to similar demented horror comedies from the likes of Jeff Lau (Haunted Cop Shop 2, Operation Pink Squad 2, etc.). But sometimes a brisk 90 minutes of silly optical effects and taoist rituals is all I need. Plus, the vcd was only 13 HK dollars...

Marginal recommendation.

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 03/26/2002
Summary: Not what I expected

This is not quite what I expected when I saw this recently for the first time, and I don't think I would watch this one again. I think there are some interesting things in the film, but most of it didn't really make much sense.

Not really worth seeing, as I'm not sure if it is supposed to be drama, action, ghost or comedy. It seems to be muddled up somewhere in the middle of that.

Rating: [1.5/5]

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 01/04/2000
Summary: Offbeat and entertaining

Starts as a female comedy version of Prison On Fire, blending into a take on Magic Cop. The actresses (who play female prisoners) in this large ensemble cast are credited (in Chinese) as they appear, and the story keeps shifting focus until the serious ghost-horror stuff starts about 2/3 of the way through.

Several things are unexplained. For instance, why the prison guards are dressed as police (including Stanley Fung, doing his usual Inspector role). And the crimes for which the girls were imprisoned are never even alluded to, let alone named.

Not that this is hugely important, in a light'n'sexy comedy cum ghost- exorcism flick. La Amy is (understandably) the butt of boob jokes in all her films, but she seems to cop more than all the others put together in this one. And if the cat fights and clothes-ripping isn't enough tits'n'ass for you, there's a generous helping of group shower scenes and guys watching through a telescope in a tree. Blackie picks up a music box, which brings ghost Jane back. Jane is a playful little girl spirit, and innocently starts a few fights, which begins to scare both inmates and guards. Meanwhile, three guys (who's involvement in the story I really couldn't grasp) try to get into the jail and to the girls, with some encouragement.
And Inspector Feng appears to woo Pei, but he really wants he to perform "religious service" (exorcism). By this stage, the cruel madam/evil ghost is stirring things up. Things get rather hard to follow, and it's far from light comedy at the end.
Still, an offbeat and quite entertaining blend.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

A women's jail complete with sexy, vivacious criminals and ghostsis the center of this adult action drama.

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