Vinegar Syndrome has released the 1975 erotic spy flick China Girl in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Will it give you a full on 007? Read on to find out!
China Girl is directed by Paul Aratow (credited here as Paolo Uccello) who is “known” for such films as Doctor Dracula and Bizarre Devices. Of interesting note is that James Hong is in this movie (credited as James Young). I’m sure you’ve seen him before as IMDB lists 417 acting credits under him. Most notably to me are his roles as Hannibal Chew in Blade Runner and Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China. He is quite the fun addition as the main baddie.
Annette Haven stars as renowned biochemist Teresa Hardgrave. She soon finds herself kidnapped and held in in the clutches of evil mastermind, Madame Woo and her vicious boss (Hong). Can top government agent David Chase (Tom Douglass) save her? Will the sinister organization rule the world through sexual dominance?
China Girl is filmed like your typical 70’s James Bond knockoff. There is a fun little spy flick included here. The secret agency “Dragon” is looking for a special formula that gives access to all the memories of the mind. Instead of interrogating the information out they have found a new method: Erotic torture.
The movie is ridiculous as it sounds. It even has a hilarious opening titles sequence which is a dirty cartoon in the style of James Bond intros. Interestingly there are only a handful of sex scenes in the film, so it is more of a balanced approach between story and adult film. The characters are fun and the movie is entertaining if you know what to expect.
China Girl was scanned and restored in 2k from the 16mm original camera negative. Obviously there are limitations for a porn filmed in the mid 70’s. There is an original soft focus from the production (some shots aren’t even in focus) and it’s not like we are talking about award winning sound and acting ability. Vinegar Syndrome does it’s normal job of bringing the film to us the way it was intended to look and sound. It has a nice film quality to it with it’s grain and natural colors.
Audio Interview with actress Annette Haven (22 minutes)
China Girl Final Thoughts:
China Girl is a fun little spy romp. It may not have enough adult features to satisfy that end of the genre but it’s passible as a B-movie. James Hong makes a great villain and Annette Haven has a laughably fun role. Vinegar Syndrome has once again made me aware of movies I have no experience in. I applaud them for these types of releases that really don’t get the respect they deserve otherwise.
Adult films are not going to be something everyone wants in their collection. 1970’s adult films even more so. However if you have an interest in this specific film niche I think you are going to be very pleased with Vinegar Syndrome’s presentation. For that type of collector I recommend a purchase on Amazon or other fine retailers.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.