Seamy Side of Life -- A Black Chick
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Chan Yiu Ming.

As our cheap, shot-on-video exploitation film opens, a young girl is out dancing, and is kidnapped, raped, and locked up until she agrees to become a prostitute. The gang begins giving her drugs until she's an addict. Her grandmother, Helena Law Lan, comes to Shenzhen and then Hong Kong to try and find her. She finds a sympathetic ear in a policeman played by Vincent Wan. Meanwhile, a college graduate is writing a paper about prostitution and pays to talk to another girl, who he eventually tries to help get out of the life, with tragic consequences. The video plays up the terrors of drug addiction, and puts the blame for prostitution squarely on the men who pay for it. It's a prostitution film mixed with a girls-in-prison film, but there's no nudity at all so perhaps the filmmakers would have been smarter to choose another topic. Also -- no black chicks in this movie, despite the title. The cast is really pretty good, and their engaging performances kept me watching. The story was decent enough, too, with a few surprises. Better than all the other video B&S Films released this year (the Troublesome Night series, Ling's Story, etc.), but still nothing to deliberately seek out to watch.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.

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