The Notorious Concubines
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It's 13th Century Japan and a two-timing houswife livin' the trife life schemes to move upward in society only to link up with a wealthy bastard who is slowly going insane in a world of orgies, severe punishment and even rape. This is some late '60s sexploitation mixed with violence (I laughed out loud at the fight scenes, having never seen bad fighting scenes in an Asian film before, but obviously this movie was geared towards the gratutious sex and not the battles). The film will be seen as pure camp, but early on the story, although basic, moves along quickly and effeciently before it gets lost and becomes kinda muddled. Although there is nudity it's not very explicit for the most part. Some of the dialog at the start would fit in well on a Wu-Tang album. Overall, it was fun to watch but it wasn't mindblowing. Would give it a strong 6.5 out of 10.
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