A dissolute American living in a generic southeast Asian country finds a cache of diamonds, leading to complications. It's hard to reconcile the character's dissolute drunken gambler lifestyle with his job as elementary school teacher, and little else is convincing in this aimless and episodic tale. There is a little local color and a moderately interesting night club scene but events seem to follow each other senselessly, characters are introduced and eliminated, suddenly something blows up, and none of it seems connected in any way. The most notable feature of this film is some of the poorest day-for-night shots I have ever seen; people are wandering in bright sunlight under a white sky with only the sound of crickets to remind you that a moment ago they stepped out of a night club at midnight under a glowing neon sign. Eventually it seems as if they give up even trying to convince you it's actually night and there is little to make you care either way. This movie is a cultural artifact and not much more.
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