Video vixen Tawny Kitaen made her movie debut as the virgin adventuress on a provocative odyssey to find her lost father. But even if she can endure the scorching torment of the desert and steamy hungers of the jungle, will she survive her final ordeal at the hands – and more – of the warrior women of Yik Yak? Brent Huff and French sex kitten Zabou co-star in this erotic cult classic directed by Just Jaeckin (Emmanuelle, The Story Of O), now fully restored from French vault materials and featuring scenes never before seen in America!
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Gwendoline (Tawny Kitaen) goes to China looking for her father who went missing while looking for a rare species of butterflies. She meets up with a ruff neck named Willard (Brent Huff) who reluctantly agrees to help her find her father who was last seen in the in the Land of the Yik Yak. After they leave the land of Yik Yak they come across an underground world of Amazon warriors and a ruthless queen who knows the answers Gwendoline seeks.
Just Jaeckin tens years before making The Perils of Gwendoline would make his feature film debut with the erotic masterpiece Emmanuelle. He would direct seven more films during this span including The Story of O and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The Perils of Gwendoline to date is the last film directed by Just Jaeckin.
Like many my first exposure to the cinema of Just Jaeckin was via his more erotic features like Emmanuelle, The Story of O and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. First off those going into The Perils of Gwendoline excepting the erotic romps Just Jaeckin is most famous for will be greatly disappointed since this film is a complete opposite of everything he ever made. This doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty T&A in this film it just means that these elements take a back seat.
The Perils of Gwendoline is an action adventure that harkens back to the serials features of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The film is filled with lavish sets and many which look futuristic in there design. Humor plays a huge role in this film and director Just Jaeckin has created many great moments that are a riot. By far and away the funniest moment in the film occurs when Gwendoline and Willard are forced to go incognito dressed in what amounts to nothing more then kinky women’s lingerie. Watching Willard run around in a thong with his five O’ Clock shadow is a sight that I will now soon forget.
The acting on a whole is pretty good with Tawny Kitaen doing what she does best looking beautiful. French actress Zabou is delightful as Gwendoline’s sidekick Beth. The best performance in the film is without a doubt Brent Huff as Willard. Huff’s willingness to do the most absurd things is refreshing to see form a leading man. He still is as macho as the rest of the men and when he needs too he crushes skulls.
Overall The Perils of Gwendoline is a sexy adventure that is a lot of fun.