On a three-month visa to Hong Kong, Shanghai-born Yan (performed by the award-winning Qin Hailu) makes a hard living as a prostitute. She takes multiple showers a day in an attempt to excise the grime. Meanwhile, immigrant girl Fan (Mak Wai-fan) lives on the sidestreets in fear, toiling as a dishwasher. When Yan’s pimp gets knocked out by a durian, it brings them together. But soon, Yan’s visa expires, and she is forced to return to her hometown.
Fruit Chan’s first film in his Prostitution trilogy is a poetic and poignant rumination of the downtrodden poverty of the city-state. He juxtaposes life in the two cities of Mongkok and Shanghai through alternating visual kineticism and languidity. The economic burdens weigh down on their shoulders, guiding their actions which serve as a reflection of contemporary Asian afflictions. Despite it all, optimism arises.
- Fruit Chan is a vital figure in Asian Cinema. Since the 90s, he has been ceaselessly pushing the boundaries and quality of the Hong Kong cinema while existing within and navigating the conditions of the country’s film industry. Following the tumultuous progression of political and cultural changes in the country, Fruit Chan’s films have been reinventing genre traditions with a ceaseless enquiry into Hong Kong identity, tracking its anxieties, heritage and its ever shifting image.
- Carrie Wong
- Fruit Chan, Chan Wai-Keung, Zhi Min Sheng
- Qin Hailu, Mak Wai-fan, Xiao Ming Biao
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