Viva Erotica

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This special limited edition embossed and spot gloss slipcover (designed by Derek Gabryszak) is limited to 3,000 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome.com! There is no standard edition and it will not be re-pressed.

Named after Yasujiro Ozu’s custom-made, tatami-level, crab-like tripod, Kani is a new home video label dedicated to leveling the gaze and furthering the understanding of Asian cinema in North America. Focused on genre-defying films, Kani aims to expand the canon, bolster up-and-coming filmmakers and reintroduce repertory classics in context. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

Beloved Hong Kong icon Leslie Cheung (Happy Together) stars as Sing, an ambitious out-of-work filmmaker with two flops to his name. When his producer secures funding for his next project from a freshly cleaned-up Triad financier, he is saddled with the sexy Taipei starlet Mango (Shu Qi). Tasked with being more "Wong Jing than Wong Kar-wai" and encouraged by his long-suffering girlfriend (pop diva Karen Mok), Sing gets to work on his first softcore porno.

Featuring a star-making performance from the stunning Shu Qi (Millenium Mambo) as the production’s stubborn ingénue, alongside her Sex & Zen II co-star Elvis Tsui, Viva Erotica offers an electrifying behind-the-scenes look at the sleazy world of Category III filmmaking in a declining industry. Inspired by the career of Bosco Lam (A Chinese Torture Chamber Story) and Lo Chi-leung’s arduous experiences as an assistant-director-from-hell, the film is replete with tongue-in-cheek references and guest cameos from the likes of Anthony Wong (Ebola Syndrome) and Sean Lau Ching-wan (Running Out Of Time). Viva Erotica is an ode to artistry and perseverance that now stands as one of the defining Hong Kong films of the 1990s.

directed by: Lo Chi Leung, Derek Yee
starring: Shu Qi, Leslie Cheung, Karen Mok, Elvis Tsui
1996 / 99 min / 1.85:1 / Cantonese DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • High definition presentation
  • Interview with director Lo Chi-leung
  • Commentary by film scholar Brian Hu and journalist Ada Tseng of the podcast “Saturday School”
  • Booklet with new writing by Ross Chen
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Optional Chinese subtitles
  • New art by Derek Gabryszak & Leo Mak
  • Limited Edition of 3000 copies