Guess Who Killed My Twelve Lovers?
Hong Kong 1969
Directed by Wu Chia-Hsiang.


A group of singing youths get ditched on an island when a typhoon is approaching, though never for a moment are the seas rough or the sky overcast. They overhear a radio broadcast alert of a woman who killed twelve men then escaped, wearing only an orange bathing suit. soon enough, Jenny Hu shows up on the island in an orange bathing suit. They suspect she is the murderer, but none of them can find any lodging on the island until she befriends local Xiaolong and Dagang, who is minding a large house for residents who have left for the States. They all stay together in the house and become friends, even though they remain suspicious. Or at least they remain suspicious until she saves a local boy from a shark attack, then the islanders quickly find themselves protecting her from the police. Director Wu Chia-hsing tries to capture the flavor of the energetic, free-spirited youth films of Inoue Umetsugu, but fails spectacularly. The musical numbers are forgettable, and the constant playing of electric guitars with no visible means of amplification quickly grates on the nerves as well. The back of the DVD misleadingly suggests it is "a comedy of belly laughs and chilling murders," when it is neither. I can't think of a cast I'd rather see getting eliminated one by one, ten-little-indians style, but the carnage is limited to a single bloody nose. This film is a complete failure.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on October 11, 2005.


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