The Shark Woman (1941)

Genres - Action, Adventure  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Promoted on an "exploitation" basis, The Shark Woman is actually an intelligent, well-made quasidocumentary filmed in Malaysia. Director Ward Wing and cinematographer John C. Cook concentrate on the activities of the local pearl divers, with special emphasis given to the budding romance between handsome Ahmang and his lissome sweetheart Sai-Yu. The underwater scenes are exceptional, highlighted by a battle between a shark and an octopus. Also worth the price of admission are the film's jungle scenes, with hero Ahmang fending off a variety of ferocious beasts. In addition, the fact that heroine Sai-Yu is a virtual stranger to clothing didn't hurt the bankability of the film one bit.



diver, pearl