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The Scandalous Warlord

Reviewed by: sharkeysbar
Date: 06/11/2010
Summary: Those crazy warlord days

This film from the late 1970s is billed as a "sex comedy" but to my mind it never really knew what it could or should be. It does have some comedy throughout but I never got past the smirk stage and I find it hard to call it a comedy. If there is a genre of crazy films then it is certainly a candidate.
The story tells the rise and fall of a warlord in Shandong during the 1930s but the history gets short shrift and instead it comes across as a few disjointed short stories sewn together into a 90 minute film. The stories themselves are truly more weird and bizarre than anything else and defy retelling in any great details. I think somewhere in this film was a morality tale but it got buried in the sheer silliness of the story (and some of the acting) but it may have been "The more things change, the more they stay the same".
I found this film (barely) mildly entertaining and I can't find any admirable feature to highlight or recommend, with the possible exception of a Chinese opera that is composed on the spot to keep the warlord's father happy, it was amusing but all too brief.
Certainly no memorable film but just OK. Watch it with no expectations.

Reviewer Score: 3