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Naked Comes the Huntress (Diao nu) 
Written by: on June 25th, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
Hong Kong, 1978
Director: Feng Huang
Writers: Feng Huang, Kuang Ni
Cast: Sing Chen, James Tien, Yin-yin Li, Shan Kwan, Hsieh Wang, Ching Po Chang, Hsi Chang, Hung Chang, Mu-woong Choi, Kun Li, Mars, Han Chen Wang, Ching Wong

DVD released: April 16th, 2009
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: OAT II (Hong Kong)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
DVD Release: Joy Sales
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC (Hong Kong)
Retail Price: $9.99

Synopsis: Three friends brave a treacherous snow capped mountain known for its minks and legendary ginseng. One day while trying to capture some minks. These three men encounter a naked huntress .The more time the three men spend with this young woman. The further its divides them. Leading to betrayal and murder.

Naked Comes the Huntress was co-written and directed by Feng Huang. He directed several  films with  Angela Mao; The Angry River, Lady Whirlwind, Hapkido, Deadly China Doll, When Taekwondo Strikes, Stoner and The Legendary Strike. The screenplay for Naked Comes the Huntress was co-written by Kuang Ni. A prolific screenwriter who’s other notable screenwriting credits include The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The One Armed Swordsman, He Knows Nothing But Kung Fu, Heroes of the East, The Sexy Killer and The Killer Snakes.

Trying to pin down one genre that this film would fall into would be a difficult task. The opening act definitely lives up to this film’s sleazy title. In this film’s T & A filled opening act in which its lead actress often disrobes. After this initial set up the film shifts more towards what one would expect from your standard martial arts film. The majority of the film focuses on how one of the three friend’s jealously drives him to get rid of his other  two friends.  Only his plan does not come off as planned. With the remainder of the film being rooted more in revenge. Thankfully this shift in tone does not disrupt any of the momentum that was built up in the opening act.

The fight scenes where choreographed by none other than Sammo Hung Kam-Bo (The Magnificent Butcher). The majority of the fight scenes are reasonably good. Just don’t go into them expecting to be wowed.

The cast features a few recognizable faces like James Tien (The Big Boss), Hsieh Wang (Bamboo House of Dolls), Sing Chen (The Iron-Fisted Monk) and Mars (Police Story). The main attraction of this film is a actress named Yin-yin Li. In her film debut. She gives a convincing performance Chen Mien-mien, ‘the naked huntress’. It is too bad that she had such a brief career as she would only go onto make a few more films after appearing in Naked Come the Huntress.

The DVD:

Naked Comes the Huntress is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer looks like it was taken from a worn print. There are nicks, scratches and other forms of print damage that is present throughout. Color fluctuate and black levels are adequate at best. The image remains stable throughout with no problems with combing.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital Mono mix in Mandarin. There is background noise that varies in degree throughout. Even though the dialog comes through clear enough. The overall range of this mix is mediocre. This release comes with three subtitle options, English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. There are grammatical errors in the English subtitles.

Extras for this release include a theatrical trailer for the film (3 minutes 40 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Mandarin, no English subtitles) and a photo gallery with eleven images. The DVD comes in a card board slip case that houses the DVD keep case and the cardboard slip cover frames the image on the case in a window box at its center. Also if you flip the DVD keep case around the flip side has another image that also fits into the cardboard slip covers window box opening. Overall Naked Comes the Huntress gets a sub-par audio / video presentation that leaves plenty of room for improvement.

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