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Supremely silly 'Raiders' adventure residue based on a kinky 1940s French comic strip. The American title 'The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak' provides enough warning about what you should expect. Terrible acting spreads like a disease through the entire cast, the attractiveness of Zabou and Tawny Kitaen are all this movie has going for it during the first hour. Some interesting sets, crazy action scenes (the reined-women-pulling-chariots chase!?), and an army of thong-wearing, armor-and-leather clad ladies during the final 40 minutes add an extra half star of original eye candy.
A French film based on some super sexy comic strip made to cash in on the success of Indiana Jones, but with more in common with Romancing the Stone and Emanuelle and the last Cannibals. That chick from the White Snake videos and her hot Jewish friend (Zabou) escape from a convent to travel to the Far East only to be captured for sex slavery. They hire the adventurer who rescued them to search the wastelands of China for the whereabouts of the girl who was responsible for breaking up Great White's father. They encounter all kinds of trouble including cannibals and an Amazon-like society where all the women clamor for the right to breed with the adventurer. All this to find a butterfly. An over-the-top story, trite dialogue and lots of boobs.
This was one of many movies that came out after Raiders of The Lost Ark in order to take advantage of the adventure movie craze. This was a French film based on an English 1950's underground comic book. The actors spoke English but they still dubbed the voices and they did it badly. The French version probably didn't have the mouths movie in synch with the words but why was the English version out of synch. The only good thing about this movie was the topless actress. The story was stupid. The dialog was stupid. The plot was stupid. The story and plot was stolen from every previous adventure movie from Tarzan to Indiana Jones. The comic book was full of female bondage, but the movie has none. There was just a lot of sexy armor on the women warriors in the lost city of women. The director tried to make the movie funny but the jokes were just stupid. Gwendoline in the comic book was blond but in this movie she is a red head. Although in the beginning of the movie the Chinese gangsters said she was blond. It was supposed to be set in China but when they go inland they go into an unexplored jungle then desert then back to a jungle then finally a desert. There are no jungles in China and China has been a highly populated civilized country for 5000 years. There is no place on earth were you can walk from jungle to desert to jungle and back to desert. I went to see this movie at the Heritage Park Mall Theater in Midwest City, Ok. It was the edited U.S. version. Now I have the unedited and unrated director's cut on DVD. It was based on the original French version. There's not a single memorable line in the whole movie. It's a must see if you are in to bad movies.
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