Please notice: This is the Shaw Brothers film LADY EXTERMINATOR from Hong Kong. It's not to be confused with the Indonesian film by the same title that stars Eva Arnaz or to be confused with yet another Indonesian film called LADY TERMINATOR (both of those are also listed on this blog).
Now, if there's a film that really, totally, uber-ly, fits the bill on this blog it's this film! Talk about obscure!! LADY EXTERMINATOR is the sequel to DRUG CONNECTION (aka Sexy Killer) but whereas the original movie is fairly easy to get hold of (as it was released on DVD and VCD by Celestial in HK, unfortunately now OOP) very few fans have watched the sequel due to the simple fact that it has NEVER been released in ANY home-cinema format anywhere! Never! Ever! There's no old video tapes from Greece or OOP VCD's from HK, or even an old deleted laserdisc. Nope. Never released!!!
It ran in the HK cinemas back in the day but it wasn't very popular and I suspect the film makers didn't even intend it for the Hong Kong home market but mostly for overseas sales as the first film had done quite well in foreign lands. But altho it has never been officially released to home-cinema sometime in the 80s (I think) someone snug a camera into a cinema and filmed a copy of LADY EXTERMINATOR while it played (my guess is it was probably somewhere in Africa as the print is dubbed in English and has Arabic and French subtitles)! This bootleg version is doing the rounds among collectors but needless to say the print is terrible; Missing picture info on ALL four sides and the sound is, well, what it is. :/
But even so it's sure fun to watch a film which is THAT rare!
I think Global Video in South Africa may own a copy of the film on either 35mm or 16mm as the owner asked members of Cinehound forum if they could help out with cover scans a few years back. Most of his prints seem to be HK films and spaghetti westerns so there's a good chance his "Lady Exterminator" is the HK film - but it could also be the Indo film. But in any case he never released it and I highly doubt he will by now.
Great flick, this one, and I owe seeing it to a certain someone who runs a few cult-trash film blogs!ReplyDelete
It was listed on some of the IVL DVD's as 'Available from Celestial Pictures', so not sure what's going on with it as it's not on the ZiiEagle as you know. The movie did make a little more money in HK than the first one did.
From memory I think I did see it mentioned on a couple of IVL DVD's and my theory is that they probably wrote it in regards to films they had planned to put out, and some of them were already out and some weren't at the time. And for some reason they decided to cancel this release which is a real bummer cos, like you said, it's a great movie (and you're welcome, my pleasure). Btw, someone mentioned on YouTube that the bootleg was actually made from filming the film with a camera in a cinema! That's why it's missing info on all four sides. It sounds plausible.ReplyDelete
Oh yeah, the giveaway is the tilting of the camera early on and the zooming in. I have, or more accurately, used to have, about 30 Shaw cam jobs. Some worse than others. I had two different copies of NAVAL COMMANDOS. One was far too dark and the other was far too bright. One was full wide and the other was fullscreen. One of the absolute worst was HIDDEN POWER OF THE DRAGON SABRE--murky print and the subs were barely legible and frequently below the screen. SEVEN MAN ARMY was another horrible one. It was so bright you could only occasionally make out who was who on the screen.ReplyDelete
LOL. So I guess LADY EX. is actually one of the *good* versions! xDReplyDelete
Yeah, I'd say it's fair to average quality. Definitely watchable, especially for those used to those kinds of bootlegs.ReplyDelete
But still... it can push you to drink and insanity to think that a restored print may collect dust at Celestial's while this is all we have got!ReplyDelete