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Released: Aug 01st, 2000
Running Time: 80
Director: Michael Raven
Company: Sin City Films
Cast: Syren, Zo?, Dale DaBone, Herschel Savage, Bridgett Kerkove, Eric Price, Evan Stone, Tina Cheri, Mark Davis
Critical Rating: Not Yet Rated
Zo? fans, mostly.
Zoë is a dancer, or something, working in a cabaret/brothel somewhere in Asia where American girls are brainwashed to become sex slaves. Eric Price is menacing as the weasel in charge of the place. The story is told in flashback as Zoë tries to escape, wielding a gun and staying out of firing range of Evan Stone.
The script, credited to George Kaplan and Michael Raven, seems to have lost something in the translation from printed page to moving image, and Jack Remy's usually-stunning photography is loaded with grain to the point of sloppiness rather than artistic license. Occasional howlers further mar the proceedings, like Zoë banging somebody on the head with a pipe, then throwing it on the ground where it produces the "clunk" of PVC rather than the "ping" of metal.
Only four sex scenes, including a three-couple roundelay that is supposed to look like a hallucination in Zoë's brainwashing, with people staring at camera and Zoë alternately watching and participating; but this one is selling itself on plot, not sex.