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Call Girls 1988 a.k.a Girls with no Tomorrow (1988) is an omnibus of
the lives of five different prostitutes. Their lives are chronicled
throughout this movie. The film features two of Hong Kong's hottest
star, one future and one rising (Maggie Cheung and Carrie Ng). Maggie
Cheung plays a high class call girl whilst Christine Ng is on the lower
end of the business. No matter what end of the spectrum these girls
belong to, their lives are all the same, empty, shallow and depressing.
One scene in this movie really> shocked me. It involved a confrontation
between a battered Call girl and her Pimp/Boyfriend , a pair of shears
and a toilet bowl (You have to watch what transpired!).
Highly Recommended, Maggie Cheung is a brilliant actress, she can make any type of material watchable. She and Christine look strange all dolled up in poofy 80's hair and make-up.
There are few movies that was made in the silver age of Hong Kong
Cinema that no one noticed when it was released but turns out to be a
gem. This is one of them. There are five women, and four stories going
on at the same time. Jenny (Maggie Chuen) is a movie star, but she
sidelines as a prostitute only outside Hong Kong. Ling-Yu (Elsie Chan),
and Shan-Shan (Carrie Ng) are room mates. They work at a night club as
a hostess, and also prostitutes. Fei Fei (Siu Chin Ha) is a teen ager
who has a step father who's a pervert. She runs away from home after he
tries to rape her, and shacks up with a pimp named Bobby. He of course
makes her "work". Mei Feng (Bo Bo Feng) is a house wife with a husband
who need's kidney dialysis. She prostitutes under the name Tsui Tsui to
get extra money to help his medical situation. The streets of Hong Kong
makes a perfect back drop for each of the stories.
What makes this movie so great are the people. They all work so they can support them self and someone in their family. In the orient there's a code in human relation called "yan chin", that people basically care for each other to give support. This movie's plot is filled with it and then some (!) You have to see it to appreciate how well the stories are written. Ling-Yu is looking out for her room mate Shan-Shan who's depressed from time to time. Shan Shan needs to look after her aging mother. Fei Fei need's to look after her preteen sister who've also been seduced by her step father. Mei need's to support her husband and her little son.
Things don't always turn out well in the end, but for sure each tried to love their loved ones as well as they can, and for some, there're glimmers of hope for the future. Here, it's not the two great Hong Kong actors Maggie Chueng and Carrie Ng, but Siu Chin Ha and Elsie Chan who steals the show with their acting. Music by Tsai Han is also well written and perfectly matches the story. Great human drama, and a great Hong Kong movie classic.
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