The Forbidden Legend: Sex & Chopsticks

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The Forbidden Legend: Sex & Chopsticks
 

“The Forbidden Legend: Sex and Chopsticks” marks the reentry of an old genre – the ancient costume Category III sexploitation film, and the movie is dressed to impress. The return of this genre is ably piloted by a master of the genre himself, veteran director Chin Man Kei (”Sex and Zen”). Adapted from a famous 17th century novel “Jin Ping Mei” also known as “The Plum in the Golden Vase”, the movie relives the genre to detail, with beautiful elaborate sets, beautiful women, ornate and period costumes and a liberal dose of silliness. To add spice, it throws in a little romance, a little martial arts action, and drama and murder too. The apparent and unexpected successes of both the “Sex and Chopsticks” flicks have heralded a revival of the genre with more titles in the works – one of them in 3D even. The story starts off with a young nobleman, Simon Qing, growing in an environment of sexual freedom and trained by his rather virile father in the ancient sexual arts. However, he is kept a virgin all through his schooling, until his father arranges for a beautiful tutor to train him in the practical ways of lovemaking. While Simon falls in love with his tutor, Violetta, who is instructed by Simon’s father to leave after her job is done, does so and leaves Simon heartbroken, apparently so that he can learn about loss too. Hereon, the movie follows the conquests and advances of Simon, who keeps seeking newer sexual adventures with multiple women. In doing so we are also shown Simon’s insatiable hunger and his attempts to gain, by whatever means necessary, any woman he wants. The movie will appeal to hardcore fans of this genre who probably will be just as delighted at the return of the genre itself.