Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Forbidden Women (1948)

Director: Eduardo de Castro

Writer: ???

Composers: Josefino Cenizal, Apolinar Rojas

Starring: Fernando Poe, Berting Labra, Mona Lisa, Fernando Royo, Luningning, Bimbo Danao

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Death Was the Penalty for All Men Who Dared Contact the "Forbidden Women"

Plot: After studying in America, South Seas Prince Sigore returns home with plans to change things on his island. He's opposed by the sultan's sister-in-law, who has plans to control the paradise, and is infatuated with the Forbidden Women and their sensuous ways.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Nope.

This Filipino production isn't all that bad.  It's not all that good but there are some nice things in here.  The performances run from bad to good but the costumes, sets and outdoor locations are rather nice.  The story is one of basic intrigue where you have someone becoming the leader of a country but someone else wants that seat and has them killed (at least they think that) so that he can come back and take the crown back and all is well by the end.  The difference here is that an American producer bought the picture, sexed up the title and added some saucy bits (so says the internet).  That's another nice bonus.  If only Spielberg had done that with some of his pictures.  Geez.

The film clocks in at barely an hour so it's not much more than a hearty snack.  Unfortunately the naughty bits are closer to the beginning of the picture and not spread out.  

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