Women's Private Parts
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Wong Chun-chun.

At first I was pretty bored by this documentary about women's sexuality. The first thirty minutes play like a particularly risque episode of the daytime talk show THE VIEW. But it gets better from there, beginning with an interview with director Ann Hui, and continuing on to less traditional sexual viewpoints, including lesbians, prostitutes, a gigolo, an ex-porn star, and a woman who set the world record for most men slept with consecutively (251 in 10 hours). Interspersed throughout are interviews with regular women, aged from 4 to 60, from Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shenzhen. Toward the end is a surprisingly explicit video of a prostitute 'servicing' her client (with fogged genitals, but still quite explicit). Although at times interesting, disturbing, and even titillating, Wong Chun-chun fails to make any significant observations or conclusions about her subject, and those used to high quality PBS or BBC documentaries will find this project somewhat lacking.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 16, 2004.

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