The Six Devil Women
There are certain films you want to watch just
because of the title. It was that way with Lunatic Frog Women and it was
that way with The Six Devil Women. I had no idea what it would be about,
but felt certain that there would be a certain exploitation angle to it.
And trashy it was. Sex and violence. Much more violence than sex and even
then the sex tended not to be exactly loving and tender.
On another level beyond the exploitation angle,
there is actually within this film a fairly interesting sociological theme.
It looks pretty harshly at the way life is changing in Mainland China and
the negative effects it is having on some people. The way that materialism
is gaining a hold on the people again and leading to crimes such as those
that take place in this film.
The film begins with the trial of a gang of four
men and six women. They are being tried for luring men back to their apartment
and then brutally killing and robbing them. The girls all came from poor
rural areas to Shenzen to look for money and a better way of life. They
are drawn into this criminal lifestyle by the flash of green and the flashing
lights. As the girls await their sentence, their stories are told in various
flashbacks. One young innocent girl joins her sister and is horrified the
first time she witnesses a killing, but before long she is the most vicious
and greedy of them all.
But this is trash, not a sociological treatise.
The killings of their victims are numerous and graphic. There is some nudity,
but not a huge amount. For the most part this is an unpleasant film, but
at the same time fairly intriguing. And in the final execution scene –
done in slow-mo of course – there is a certain amount of pathos for all
these wasted lives.
Diana Pang Dan, one of the better known Category
III actresses, appears as one of the girls.