The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak (Gwendoline)
Release year: 1984
Director: Just Jaeckin
Screenwriter: Just Jaeckin, John Willie (comic)
Starring: Tawny Kitaen, Brent Huff, Zabou Breitman, Bernadette Lafont, Jean Rougerie, Roland Amstutz, Stanley Kapoul, Chen Chang Ching
From the moment Gwendoline (Kitaen) arrives in China, she finds herself in trouble and rescued by adventurer Willard (Huff). Together with him and her friend Beth (Breitman), she goes on the hunt for her father and the butterfly he was searching for. Instead they find a cannibalistic tribe and a underground society of women, interested in mating with Willard.
This French movie is almost like Barbarella (1968) meets Indiana Jones only on acid. Jaeckin has previously directed Emmanuelle (1974) and Histoire d’O (1975) so the fact that the movie shows plenty of lightly clad females in bondage, should come as no big surprise. The story is thin, but full of adventure and the movie actually isn’t half bad. There are certainly moments where you wonder what they were thinking (gladiator-like scenes of wagon pulled by almost naked women) and others where the far-out costumes overshadows the action, but Gwendoline definitely falls under the category of movies so bad they are good. Kitaen (Bachelor Party, 1984) is so cute she can be forgiven any faults there may be in her acting and Huff (Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, 2012) is well-casted as the devil-may-care adventurer reluctantly rescuing Gewndoline again and again. But the best part of the movie is without doubt the peculiarity of it all, the inventiveness and the pure madness.
Tawny Kitaen and Brent Huff are American and dubbed in the original version, but there are also a bad English dubbed version.
Picture copyrights: Another World Entertainment