When his ship is blown to smithereens, sailor Joe Murrey (Holmes) washes up on the beach of a seemingly deserted island. After a montage in which Joe proves his subsistence ability (mostly consisting of Holmes unveiling his endowment as he strips off and puts back on his ragged uniform in between bathing, building shelter, and foraging coconuts), Joe explores the island in search of food only to come across bathing beauties Ilsa (Seka, DESPERATELY SEEKING SEKA) and Greta (Sue Carol, THE GOODBYE GIRLS). Following them from a safe distance, he discovers the camp of Wagner-loving Nazi officer Hans (Heinz Muller, SADIE) where the he and his female guards – including Japanese mute Suke (Jade Wong, PURELY PHYSICAL) – torture female American prisoners Carol (Nikki Anderson, THE EROTIC WORLD OF SEKA) and Gloria (Brenda Vargo, '11') in between monitoring American radio broadcasts. When Joe's attempt to rescue the two girls fails, he becomes the PRISONER OF PARADISE and the hypnotic power of his third leg may be his only hope of escaping.
Described as "Bob Chinn's big budget mix of X-rated war epic and Nazisploitation", PRISONER OF PARADISE never lives up to its tagline "Kidnapped for bizarre sex rites... on a sun-drenched island of sin!" but gives the audience what it wants in its "all-star cast" (to quote the trailer) of Holmes, "The Fabulous Seka" and "Mai Lin, Star of the Orient." The latter only appears in a flashback as Murrey's sweetheart killed in an air raid – after sex, naturally – but it comprises about fifteen minutes of a seventy-eight minute film. It really is not that more ambitious in terms of story or visuals than Chinn's other "Caribbean Films" titles (including the period pics SADIE and TROPIC OF DESIRE). A mix of stock footage, a couple economical sets, and some pyrotechnics give some sense of production value while the period storyline is rather intimate in scope. Despite the naming of Seka's character as Ilsa, the film's Nazisploitation angle is not really played up – Seka flinches every time Hans brings down the whip on one of the girls (even though the whip strikes out of frame with exaggerated sound effects) – with Muller and Seka seeming like extras from an episode of HOGAN'S HEROES (Ilsa's "You American zwine!" and Greta's "He has a veapon!" while frisking Holmes' crotch), but the sex scenes are well-filmed and the film briskly paced with a minimum of filler between them (Holmes has his work cut out for him as thankfully the only male cast "member" in the sex scenes). Mai Lin and Jade Wong would appear together again in Carlos Tobalina's MAI LIN VS SERENA and ORIENTAL HAWAII (a double bill out this month from Vinegar Syndrome). Co-writer Gail Palmer has a cameo as a "Lady of the Night" during the flashback scenes, and we also get a nicely sappy seventies theme song over the end credits (as well as earlier while Holmes is mooning over his lost love).
This article was originally written by Eric Cotenas and can be read http://www.dvddrive-in.com/reviews/n-s/prisonerofparadise82.htm