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Hung (Pauline Chan), a mainland girl, has been married to Hanky (Jamie
Luk) by her parents, even though she was madly in love with Sam (Alex
Fong). But Hanky offered the better prospects, like he was able to take
her to Hong Kong - where he promptly sold her to a whorehouse. Now Hung,
together with her friend Ann (Rena Murakami), works for Madame Suzie (Pak
Yan) until her debt is paid off, after which she hopes to reunite with
Sam. She has remained in touch with Sam all the while, but neglected to
tell him she's a hooker, naturally.
Sam can't wait to reunite with Hung,
so he takes his friends (Tony Tam, Wang Seung-Lam) on on an offer to go to
Hong Kong for a quick job - little does he know that the quick job is
robbing a jewellery store, a crime set up by the storeowner's son Billy
(Billy Chow) as part of an insurance scam. Of course, something goes wrong
during the heist, and someone gets killed, and now Billy figures it would
be tghe best idea to kill Sam and friends, and while Sam's friends end up
poisoned soon enough, Sam manages to get away, and since he has no other
place to go, he pays a visit to the address on the letters Hung sends him
time and again, where he only gradually comes to the realization she is a
hooker - much to his dismay of course, but he just cannot stop loving her.
and friends are not exactly stupid, so it doesn't take them long to track
down Hung as well, and she and Sam only just manage to escape from their
clutches, while Ann and Madame Suzie get killed.
Hung has the less than
great idea to ask her treacherous husband Hanky, a smuggler, for help, and
he agrees to smuggle her and Sam back to mainland China, but of course
lures them into a trap and so Hung and Sam has to fight it out with Billy
and his men on a construction site, a fight only Sam survives - to be
arrested for both the heist and the bloodbath.
What can I say,
for the most part, Escape from Brothel is as sleazy as you'd expect
it to bejudging from the title, there is much nudity and sex, coupled with
a prostitution-themed plot. Unfortunately, for the most part, the film
doesn't really fall together, seems rather incoherent in storytelling, and
several scenes in here have no connection to the main plot whatsoever.
Ironically, it's only in the action sequence in the finale, which is
neither sleazy nor does it contain any nudity, that the film comes into
its own, as this sequence is excitingly filmed and edited, features some
well-executed stunts, and would be a worthy climax for any film. Too bad
the rest of the movie is not like this ...