Also known as
Sing Kung Chok Tse Yee: Ngor But Mai Sun, Ngor Mai Chi Gung
Specifics
Hong Kong [2008] - 90m
Genre
Drama
Directed by
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
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May 03, 2014

2.5*/5.0*

Another one of Yau's films that dives in the Hong Kong prostitution world, looking to offer a somewhat more realistic take on what happens in this often neglected world/industry. It's nice to see someone in the Hong Kong film industry tackling this subject, but Yau isn't really the right kind of director to do justice to the characters and the drama.

The film follows two young women who decide that prostitution is the best and easiest way for them to make money. They go to work in the Sham Shui Po district, which is famous for their sex workers. One girl is a drug addict and hopes to finance her addiction, the other a pregnant Chinese woman who is looking for a higher living standard for her and her soon-to-be-born child.

Hong Kong is capable of doing a drama like this right, but then you need the right director and cast. The lead actresses aren't that great, Anthony Wong feels a little off, and Yau's direction comes up short when doing a straightforward drama like this. It's not a terrible film, but it doesn't really live up to its full potential.

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