This is a fairly intelligent and enjoyable bit of historical art imitating life. It's Shu Qi's second feature film after Sex and Zen II and marks her transition from soft-core actress to dramatic actress ... she plays an actress who doesn't want to do nude scenes but does them anyway, so there's that. Even though she plays a ditzy chick you can see the intelligence that will eventually propel her to acting fame. It also stars Karen Mok and Leslie Cheung. It's really Cheung's film as he plays a serious director who must make porn to make money. It's funny, insightful, and kind of surreal.
Sing's last two films were flops, but he is given the helm on a Category III sex film and has to cope with a leading lady who won't do nude scenes, Triad backers, and a crumbling relationship with his girlfriend.