Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Pleasure Factory on the DVD assembly line

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.

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  1. I saw this film yesterday, I liked it but I'm rather confuse. What's the purpose of Ananda's Chris again, he followed the young prostitute and then her maternal figure? Why? The ending I didn't understand either. Was it her first time? He represented her first customer?

    Do clue me in.

    Thanks. Lyn

  2. I think that was the girl's first time.

    But I am as much in the dark about Ananda's character as you are, Lyn.

    Maybe he was some kind of angel protector of the girl?

    But then your idea that he might have been the girl's first customer makes me rethink that.

    I guess I'd have to watch the film again to form a more solid opinion.


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