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Girls Unbutton (Bat kau lau dik lui haai) 
Written by: on September 10th, 2015

Theatrical Release Date:
Hong Kong, 1994
Director: Taylor Wong
Writer: Chiu-Wing Lam
Cast: Loletta Lee, See-ho Leung, Chun Hung Cheung, Oi-Git Fan, Yu Lan Hung

DVD released: May 22nd, 2007
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Letterboxed Non=Anamoprhic 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Chinese
DVD Release: Universe Laser & Video Co., LTD.
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: OOP

Synopsis: The story picks up on Jenny, a single girl with a history of failed romances. Her two friends counsel her to be ruthless in love even as she continues to bounce from one relationship to another.

This is a female perspective sex comedy with heavy emphasis on comedy and nudity. There are some sex scenes played for romance, but some are actually slapstick. There is a dark edge to much of the humor, such as one date, a gang leader played by Elvis Tsui (The Seventh Curse), is ignoring the fact that his entire crew are being butchered by a rival gang in full view through the window. They go on to have violent sex in an alley filmed as Sam Peckinpah might, then our lover leaves to take out 10 of the usurpers before expiring from wounds sustained. Jenny is devastated once again.

The delightful Rachel Lee Lai-Chun stars in this Cat III romcom that features quite a bit of nudity including a quota of full frontal female. The male cast is all fine and dandy, but it is the comediennes that really make this epic tale so much fun. As Mrs. Pong, Strawberry Yeung Yuk-Mui plays a jilted wife that truly walks the fine line between genius and insanity. The scene where she pretends to be a coffee table in order to spoil a romantic moment between Jenny and Mr. Pong is a priceless clown performance. Fan Oi-Git is rather ancillary to the story as Ho’s sister, but she does some excellent pratfalls that remove every stitch of clothing from her amply displayed body.

As with many Hong Kong films of the period there is an undercurrent of anticipation and anxiety regarding the pending handover of HK to mainland China. This one makes some overt references but the entire psychology of everyone promising to take Jenny away on a boat over the sea despite her chronic seasickness may be a metaphor as well.

The DVD:

The uncut non-anamorphic widescreen Universe DVD has hard English and Chinese subtitles and is OOP.

An enjoyably brainless and brisk screwball comedy except that it seems to be making some wry statements regarding politics, personal relationships, and humanity in general if you take the time to look for it.

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