Synopsis by Mark Deming
A woman is forced to pay a heavy price for the alluring impact she has on men in this erotically-charged drama from Hong Kong. During the Sung Dynasty of tenth century China, Lotus (Joi Wong) was the protagonist of a famous erotic novel in which she suffered remarkable abuses at the hands of the men in her life. After she is condemned to death, Lotus, known as "the slut of all time," pledges to return and take her revenge on the male gender. Ten centuries have passed, and Lotus has been reincarnated as a dance student living in China during the Cultural Revolution of 1968. When Lotus refuses to trade sex for help in launching her career as a professional, her teacher denounces her as a counter-revolutionary and circulates rumors that she's wildly promiscuous. Expelled from dancing school, Lotus takes a grueling job at a garment factory, where she falls in love with one of her co-workers, Wu Long (Lam Chun Yen), an amateur basketball player. Lotus scrapes up the money to buy him new shoes, but she's accused by authorities first of stealing the shoes, and then of betraying revolutionary ideals by wasting her money. After falling into prostitution, Lotus marries a businessman from Hong Kong, Wu Dai (Eric Tsang), only to discover that his brother is Wu Long, now working as his driver. Lotus steals away to a sex club one night to drown her sorrows in sensual excess, but she makes the mistake of meeting Simon (Sin Lap Man), a photographer who refuses to let Lotus alone after their night of passion.
reincarnation, sex, basketball, factory, career, China, teacher, eroticism, love, marriage, masochism, promiscuity, rape