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The Good Woman of Bangkok (1991)

Film maker Dennis O'Rourke documents the day to day life of Aoi, a Thai prostitute through interviews with her and her family as well as taking us through some of the tourist frequented bars and night clubs.

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Yagwalak Chonchanakun ...
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Film maker Dennis O'Rourke documents the day to day life of Aoi, a Thai prostitute through interviews with her and her family as well as taking us through some of the tourist frequented bars and night clubs.

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20 March 1992 (USA)  »

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Bangkokin hyvä nainen  »

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$205,959 (USA)
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Gritty documentary - not fictional, based on O'Rourke's travels.
23 December 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I worry that this documentary is seen to be fictional - it certainly isn't. O'Rourke traveled to Bangkok and built up a relationship with "Aoi", which started as merely client-prostitute and ended with O'Rourke (as you can hear in the documentary) offering to get her out of the situation Aoi seems to feel is her destiny - poverty, prostitution and eventual death by AIDS.

This is the foul side of the Asia tourist trade, with unflinching shots of the bar life, what the women face and even hidden camera shots of a child clearly being taken away to cater for the desires of paying client/s. As a documentary, it is horrifying yet so totally engaging as you hear Aoi's tale (as she talks to a mirror in the hotel room of O'Rourke as she couldn't face the camera to tell her sad story) and view the cinema verité hand-held style of O'Rourke as he makes the viewer face what depths people will go to to survive and be pleasured. Certainly not for the young but certainly will make you think.


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