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Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan
Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan
Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan
Chinese: 愛奴
Directed by Chor Yuen
Screenplay byChiu Kang-chien [2]
Produced by Run Run Shaw [1]
CinematographyJohn Chu [2]
Edited by
  • Hsing-lung Chiang
  • Yen Hai Li [2]
Music byChou Fu-liang [2]
Release date
  • 9 July 1972 (1972-07-09) (Hong Kong)
Running time
91 minutes [1]
CountryHong Kong [1]

Intimate Confessions Of A Chinese Courtesan ( Chinese: 愛奴; pinyin: Ai Nu) is a 1972 Hong Kong film directed by Chor Yuen and starring Lily Ho.


As a Shaw Brothers classics, sweet young Ai Nu is abducted and sold to the popular Four Seasons brothel run by lusty madam Chun Yi. AiNu's fiery attitude gets her locked away in a dungeon. In one scene, after whipping a defiant AiNu, lesbian Madam Chun proceeds to lick the open wounds on the girl's back. Chun Yi falls for Ai Nu nubile charge and entrusts her with a number of martial arts secrets like "Ghost Hands," which allows a fighter to plunge into an opponent's chest. Soon murder erupts within the brothel, and a policeman must race against time to prevent a vicious revenge plot from reaching its blood-spattered conclusion. [3] [4]


  • Lily Ho as Ai Nu [5]
  • Betty Pei Ti as Chun Yi
  • Yueh Hua as Chi Te
  • Kong Ling - Prostitute
  • Chan Lap-Ban - Lao Yao Gui (hooker trainer)
  • Hung Ling-Ling - Prostitute
  • Chan Mei-Hua - Ainu's maid
  • Yuan Man-Tzu - Ainu's maid
  • Michelle Yim - Ainu's maid


The film was distributed theatrically in Hong Kong on 9 July 1972. [2] The film grossed a total of $1,108,437 Hong Kong dollars domestically. [2] The film was a box office hit in Hong Kong. [6] The film was remade by Shaw Brothers Studios in 1984 as Lust for Love of a Chinese Courtesan. [6]


From a contemporary reviews, Tony Rayns reviewed an 83-minute dubbed language version of the film in the Monthly Film Bulletin. [1] Rayns noted the editing done on the film which removed "all its sex and some of its violence by the British censor, its programme-filler origins are still amply evident in its routine caricatures, the all too regular climaxes, the fatuous dubbed dialogue and the patchwork music track." [1] Rayns concluded that the result was like an "extended gloss on the moment in Scarlet Empress when Dietrich both trumps and dismisses weaponry with a twist of her veil. Intimate Confessions lacks he compression and resonance of Sternberg, but it is none the less a genuine Z-movie equivalent." [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Rayns, Tony (November 1973). "Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 40, no. 478. British Film Institute. p. 228.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Hong Kong Film Archive [Search for "愛奴"]". Hong Kong Film Archive. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972; Shaw Brothers)". 1972. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan". 1972. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  5. ^ Mok, Laramie (4 September 2018). "4 big screen beauties from the golden age of Shaw Brothers films". Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  6. ^ a b Chiang, Howard; Heinrich, Ari Larissa (2013). Queer Sinophone Cultures. Routledge. p. 8. ISBN  978-1135069780.

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