Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 4th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1994
Director: Joe D’Amato (Robert Yip)
Cast:Marc Gosálvez, Nongkok Kok, Lora Luna, Lim Yao, Chin Yong, Li Yu
DVD Released:November 15th, 2011
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
Synopsis: A wealthy affluent man becomes infatuated with a young woman that works at a brothel.
Content wise, China and Sex echoes many of the themes that Joe D’ Amato explored in the similar themed film Chinese Kamasutra. Another area in which China and Sex, mimics the aforementioned Chinese Kamasutra is its narrative structure. Thankfully there is one area in which these two films differ and that is how China and Sex finds a good balance between character plot driven moments and its erotica themed moments.
The plot revolves around a dancer named Tama, who is unattainable unlike the other girls in the brothel. She is not the type of woman that money can buy, in fact the only way in which someone gets to spend the night with her is if they are chosen. Enter a wealthy man who sets his sights on her, only to be spurned by her time and time again. It is not only he is willing to let everything go, that she finally picks him. Unfortunately what he seeks, may not be what he is looking for? Let’s just say, that pleasure and pain go hand in hand when it comes to conquering Tama.
Performance wise, this one is a hard film to gauge at times, since the entire cast are ‘dubbed’ into Italian (even though they are clearly of Asian descent). Also this choice of using Italian language is also odd, since Joe D’ Amato used Asian pseudonym like he had for Chinese Karasutra. Who knows may be ‘dubbing’ this film into Chinese may have made the end result more exotic.
Issues with the ‘dubbing’ aside the only cast member that leaves any lasting impression is the actress that portrays Tama (unfortunately I could not find any substantial info as to her identity). She more than holds her own as the object of desire. Overall despite a few minor bumps in the road, China and Sex ends up being one of Joe D’ Amato’s better post Emanuelle forays into soft-core cinema.
China and Sex is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The source used is in good shape, colors and flesh tones fare well and details generally look crisp. Black levels though are merely adequate and edge enhancement varies in degree throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been included with this release. Background noise is minimal and dialog is clear enough to follow. Range wise this audio mix is rather limited.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 11 seconds – 1.33:1 full frame, in Italian with no English subtitles). Overall China and Sex gets a serviceable audio / video presentation from Mya Communication.