Following Bob Chinn's life from his humble upbringing by Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles, the Territory of Hawaii, and southeastern New Mexico,The Other Side of Paradise shows how the world around him shaped Chinn into the man who would become one of the best adult film directors of all time. Set against the changing times of the 60s and 70s, this story provides an invaluable record of how he and his contemporaries took up the fight against censorship, protecting and extending the rights of free speech, and pioneered the golden age of adult film.
Bob Chinn is the creator and porn auteur of the nine-partJohnny Wadd adult film series that, in 1970, launched the career of legendary porn icon, John Curtis Holmes. After graduating from UCLA film school, Chinn had aspirations of becoming a mainstream Hollywood director but began to accept work opportunities in the erotic movie genre in order to support his young family. The film noir character, private detective Johnny Wadd, was conceived by Chinn when a tall young man sporting an unruly afro entered Chinn's office seeking employment as an actor. Recognizing the potential after the man dropped his pants, Chinn hired John Holmes on the spot, and wrote a script for his new talent on the back of an envelope. Two days later, the very firstJohnny Wadd movie was in the can. The modest picture was an instant sensation among adult film fans. Forty years after its release,Johnny Wadd has become a historic and timeless piece of filmmaking that ignited Holmes' stardom and defined Bob Chinn as one of the most influential and respected players of the so-called Golden Age of adult pictures.