Hollywood Hong Kong
Hong Kong 2002
Directed by Fruit Chan.

A young prostitute who dreams of Hollywood visits a soon to be demolished shanty town and teaches its inhabitants about love, happiness, and especially, amputation. Ensnared by her charm are an enterprising young pimp (Wong Yau Nam) and the obscenely obese Chu family, who run a BBQ Pork shop ('Chu' = 'Pig'), whose only other female companion is a live pig they call "mama." The first half of the film is a sweet, funny portrait of their lives, but there is an abrubt twist halfway (exactly at the disc switch for VCD viewers) to a bleak, nihilistic world where everyone only acts in self interest without regard to anyone, or anything else. Unfortunately the movie never recovers from the twist, since what we have seen before renders it completely unconvincing. Still, a very well made and entertaining film, with some arresting visuals and startlingly gruesome scenes. Whatever you do, do not sit down to watch this film with a mouth full of roast pork, seeing it being prepared will certainly make you wish you hadn't.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on June 28, 2004.

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