Part one of Fruit Chan’s Hong Kong prostitute trilogy, starring Qin Hailu, one of my favourite actresses.
Fruit Chan basically launched the careers of Qin Hailu and Zhou Xun. So why are directors like Patrick Kong and Wilson Chin getting money to make films with zero redeeming qualities, like Lan Kwai Fong (喜愛夜蒲)?
Even more bizarre are the two Wing Shya directorial debuts, which Fruit Chan produced, and which were both surprisingly flat. Perhaps production companies are pandering to Chinese censor boards and the Mainland audience. But they really don’t have to, because there are actually really good films from China.
To rub salt in the wound, Lan Kwai Fong 2 did well enough in Hong Kong alone, that they are making Lan Kwai Fong 3. Reportedly, they will be tailoring the third installment for the Mainland market. I want to throw durians at people.