Pleasure Factory, Ekachai Uekrongtham's docudrama look at Singapore's Geylang red-light district, has been picked up by Strand Releasing. It's coming out on Region 1 DVD on July 8, and is available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
The sophomore feature film from the Beautiful Boxer director, Pleasure Factory has an ensemble cast that includes Ananda Everingham and Taiwanese actress Yang Kuei-mei and a bunch of newcomers, many whom were recruited off the street. Sometimes mysterious, sometimes heartbreaking, the film follows three loosely intertwining storylines: A girl going to meet an older prostitute (Yang), and being followed by a mysterious young man (Ananda); a guy taking his virgin army buddy around to the brothels; and a woman in a red dress buying a song from a busker. Lit by Brian Gothon Tan, Geylang never looked so good.
Pleasure Factory premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and had a limited release in Thailand and in Singapore.
Ekachai, meanwhile, is at work on a thriller, The Coffin, a Hong Kong-Thai co-production that will star Ananda, Karen Mok, Andrew Lin and Napakapa "Mamee" Nakprasit.