The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak

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Gwendoline
Yik yak.jpg
English-language theatrical poster
Directed byJust Jaeckin
Produced byJean-Claude Fleury
Written byJust Jaeckin
John Willie
StarringTawny Kitaen
Brent Huff
Zabou
Bernadette Lafont
Jean Rougerie
Music byPierre Bachelet
CinematographyAndré Domage
Distributed byImage Entertainment Inc.
Release date(s)February 8, 1984 (French release)
January 25, 1985 (U.S. release)
Running time105 min.
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
 
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Gwendoline
Yik yak.jpg
English-language theatrical poster
Directed byJust Jaeckin
Produced byJean-Claude Fleury
Written byJust Jaeckin
John Willie
StarringTawny Kitaen
Brent Huff
Zabou
Bernadette Lafont
Jean Rougerie
Music byPierre Bachelet
CinematographyAndré Domage
Distributed byImage Entertainment Inc.
Release date(s)February 8, 1984 (French release)
January 25, 1985 (U.S. release)
Running time105 min.
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench

The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak, original title Gwendoline, is a 1984 French action/sexploitation film directed by Just Jaeckin, written by Jaeckin and John Willie and starring Tawny Kitaen and Brent Huff.[1] The film is loosely based on the bondage-themed comics of Willie and on the figure of Gwendoline. François Schuiten worked as a graphic designer for the movie.

The story concerns Gwendoline (Kitaen), a woman who, accompanied by a soldier of fortune, Willard (Huff), and her French maid (Zabou), journeys deep into the jungle and desert to capture a butterfly that has eluded her late father's scientific quest. They eventually discover the lost underground realm of the Yik-Yak, an all-female society ruled by a queen who plans to kill Willard after he mates with a female gladiator champion.

Severin Films has re-released the 88 minutes U.S. release of The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak and released a 106 minutes Gwendoline: Unrated Director's Cut based on the French release.

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Captured by a trio of thieves, Gwendoline is sold to a local casino owner, but, rescued by Willard, a mercenary adventurer, she is reunited with her maid, Beth, after the latter's abduction by the same thieves who had earlier kidnapped Gwendoline.

Hired to transport an illegal cargo, Willard reluctantly agrees to take both women with him after Beth, withholding information vital to his livelihood, promises to divulge it only if he becomes their guide.

Gwendoline, who has come to China to capture the butterfly that eluded her father, who'd staked his professional reputation as a scientist on obtaining the insect, offers Willard $2000 to take her and Beth with him to the land of the Yik-Yak tribe, in which the butterfly may be found.

After escaping from a tribe of cannibals, the trio find the butterfly, but, as she is about to capture it, Beth is captured by the Yik-Yak, and Gwendoline and Willard must enter the all-women tribe's underground lair to rescue the maid.

To ensure the survival of her tribe, the Yik-Yak's queen allows a victor among them to mate with any man who visits or is captured by the tribe. Aided by Beth and the queen's henchman, who is a scientist, Gwendoline, disguised as a Yik-Yak combatant, wins this right.

As she has sex with Willard, the scientist activates the volcano inside which the Yik-Yak live, and he, the queen, and others of the tribe are killed as Gwendoline, Beth, and Willard escape. In the process, Willard is able to capture the elusive butterfly.

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