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Hollywood Hong Kong    (2001)
It is an independent movie written, produced and directed by independent an internationally acclaimed filmmaker Fruit Chan Gor. Reported to be the second episode of a prostitution trilogy, the film tells the story of miserable people living at the edge of the wealthy Hong Kong, in Tai Hom village. There are a butcher family, as fat as the pigs they sell, and a weird bunch close to the prostitution business (an under-aged pimp and a prostitute). Another prostitute, called Hung Hung, or sometimes Tung Tung, makes scams and blackmails in order to get money to go and study in Hollywood. There is a very dark and cynical sense of humour all along. Hong-Kong is shown as a strange city full of lights and flashes and sometimes it really does look like hell. Fruit Chan not only crafted a film about prostitution in HK, but also about the poor forgotten by this economy-driven Asian city and also about those who'd do anything, from prostitution to blackmail passing by friendship treason, to get the hell out of there. Hollywood HK has then this incredible ability to mixes a meaningful story and a reflection on the social consequences of a very modern society with a great sense of entertainement.
Thomas Podvin 1/15/2003 - top

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