Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Carlos.

Johnny Cash sings, on his last album, "I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel; I focus on the pain, the only thing that's real." I can now relate, having subjected myself to HURT. An anthology film based on getting hurt in relationships, HURT is a low budget shot on video snore fest, starring Sophie Ngan and given a Category III rating.

Sophie Ngan? Category III? No, don't get your hopes up. She plays an uptight cop who hasn't fallen for someone in seven years. When she finally does, it's with Samuel Leung, and again, even though this reunites the two stars of the last classic Category III film, NAKED POISON, do not get your hopes up. You don't even see them kiss, much to Ms. Ngan's relief, no doubt. Instead, she breaks the law for him, he starts seeing someone else, she gets hurt (hence the title), and in revenge, shoots him in the balls. Now we're talking about getting hurt.

The second episode of the anthology concerns a young girl who agrees to try and conduct a sex survey with people on the street, and through the survey meets a photographer and soon they have sex, at last earning the movie its Category III rating. Afterwards, he wants to "capture the beautiful moment forever" by taking some pictures. Soon enough, the pictures are published, her reputation is ruined. But not only that, her nude photos incite some perverts who then kidnap her and abuse her at their will.

This movie, apart from being painfully stupid, is also obvious in its message: girls, don't put out. Once you do, you're ruined. Stay chaste. It could be a Media Evangelism film were it not for the exploitative nudity at its core. Must have been strange to be the actress who plays a character with a ruined reputation because of public nudity, strip and display full frontal nudity as well as engage in lots of simulated sex. I can just see the producers now: "Yes, we'd like to make a film with a strong Christian message. Now, could you please take off that top and start moaning?"

Sophia Ngan, on the other hand, remains fully clothed. Which is just as well, as regular viewers of Hong Kong movies have seen her nude at least a dozen times before, in explicit detail. These days she is performing in clothing, but can't seem to get out of direct to video Category III sleaze anyway. Time will tell if she can make a break.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on June 04, 2004.

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