Girl$ (2010)

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    Year : 2010
    Country: Hong Kong
    Language : Cantonese
    Subtitle(s) : Chinese (T/S) | English
    Film Genre : Drama | Sexploitation | Thriller
    IMDB : Girl$
    Links : HKDB

    DVD Source : DVD5 from trex3568
    Video format : MKV - X264 - 2 pass
    Video Bitrate : 1827 kbps
    Aspect Ratio : 16 : 9
    Resolution : 718 x 480
    Audio Format : AC3
    Audio Bitrate : 384 kbps
    Video Runtime: 1 hour 28 min
    Frame Rate : 29.970 fps

    Director : Kenneth Bi
    Cast : Michelle Wai, Bonnie Xian, Una Lin, Venus Wong, Deep Ng Ho Hong, Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung, Karson Lok, Tse Hoi-Wing

    Plot/Synopsis

    Originating from Japan, the social phenomenon known as "compensated dating" - young girls getting paid to go on dates that usually end with sex - recently made its way to the headlines of Hong Kong newspapers after several unpleasant incidents. Producer Ng Kin Hung, who tackled Hong Kong social issues with films like Give Them A Chance, as well as Herman Yau's two prostitution films Whispers and Moans and True Women For Sale, now takes on this new social phenomenon with Girl$. The third feature film from director Kenneth Bi (The Drummer) is a hard-hitting film that follows four girls who take on the compensated dating lifestyle for reasons that range from simple materialism to self-gratification.

    Anchored by breakthrough performances by up-and-coming actresses Michelle Wai (Happily Ever After), Bonnie Xian (Moss), Venus Wong (High Noon), and Lin Yu Xuan, Girl$ strays away from being a typical morality tale about youngsters living on the edge by offering no clear moral judgments on the girls. Bi's camera is constantly on the move as a spectator on the sidelines, simply capturing the lives of the girls, why they do what they do, and the life-and-death consequences of their actions. The result isn't always pleasant to watch, but at least it always feels authentic, and it always feels uniquely Hong Kong.

    Icy (Michelle Wai) is a former compensated dating participant who has since become a pimp to be with her boyfriend (Derek Tsang). She currently manages Lin (Lin yu Xuan), who has fallen in love with one of her clients. One day, Icy meets rich girl Ronnie (Bonnie Xian) on the Internet and ends up indirectly influencing her to start the compensated dating life for her own reasons. Meanwhile, materialistic secondary school student Gucci (Venus Wong) needs money to buy a limited edition Gucci handbag and decides to try selling herself on the Internet. Through various circumstances, these girls soon become friends, connected by the compensated dating lifestyle that will also threaten to tear them apart.

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