Reviewed 2010-01-13 l Last update on 2020-09-27
Asian Taboos seems to be having an identity crisis. On the outside, it's an Asian bondage and BDSM collection with a focus on extreme fetish themes that are so outrageous they've been banned in Asia, but on the inside, it's a typical hardcore collection that just happens to feature Asian women. Confused? So was I. Let's get inside and take a closer look at this one to find out what exactly is going on here.
It was impossible not to notice the disconnect between the tour pages and the reality here right away. Although the tour pages feature dozens of images of rope bondage, kinky punishment devices, and other BDSM related themes, I didn't find anything that looked even remotely like that once I was inside the members' area. The scenes are actually fairly straightforward hardcore scenes that are usually one-on-one but sometimes branch into threesomes and small groups. Lucy Lee, Nautica Thorn, Lucy Thai, Katsumi, and Jayna Oso are a few of the Asian porn stars you may recognize here.
29 videos are listed in the members area for Asian Taboos, but I actually have a hard time giving these guys credit for a single scrap of content considering that none of the core collection matches up with what they claim to offer. This small video collection might be an OK bonus offering as part of a large package with a good amount of on topic materials, but it just falls flat as is. The scenes here seem to be taken from a few different Asian porn themed DVD titles. The dates on the materials indicate that a new scene is added about once per week, but considering this network's track record with updates, I don't believe this is actually the case. Even if I'm wrong and they are indeed adding scenes once a week, the scenes still don't match the sites intended theme.
Quality is about average with flicks being offered at up to 720 x 540 pixels, 2000 kbps or so. These don't look bad, they just don't look very good, either. While none of the 29 video scenes in the site's core collection come with photos, they do come with screen capture images. There's also a large bonus Asian photos section as well as a bonus Asian videos section.
The Asian Taboos tour is essentially one big misleading ad. They don't tell you much, and what they do tell you is wrong. The tour pages are actually quite messy looking, and the materials they preview seem to be on the older side. Even on the tour where most sites put their best foot forward, this one isn't particularly appealing.
While Asian Taboos doesn't have its act together when it comes to subject matter, at least the members area is nicely designed and easy to use. Themes are listed beginning on the main page with navigation tabs that allow you to sort them in order of rating, most favorited, most views, and most recent. "My profile" and "my porn" sections just above the tabs offer options for things like an on site dating service and a favorites list. On the left-hand side of the main page, you'll find the main navigation menu which will take you to the various video and photos section, the bonus materials, and more.
Each video scene has its own page or you can access the streaming version and Flash format as well as downloadable files in WMV and MP4 formats in a couple of different quality levels. The screen capture images can be viewed in thumbnail galleries were watched as an automatic slideshow that gives you full control over the speed.
It probably won't surprise anybody much when I say that I was not at all impressed with Asian Taboos. Even if it properly billed itself as a general hardcore site with Asian performers, this small and non-exclusive collection just wouldn't cut it. As it is, it's just plain bad. You might find a very small amount of Asian BDSM materials among the large bonus package, but the bottom line is that this one just isn't what it claims to be.