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Girls of the White Orchid (1983)

In Los Angeles, the naive and lonely burger waitress and aspirant singer Carol Heath finds an advertisement in the newspaper with a job opportunity in Tokyo. She has a meeting with the ... See full summary »

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... Carol Heath
Thomas Byrd ... Don Potter
... Mori
... Madame Mori
... Shiro
... Hatanaka
... Marilyn
Yvonne McCord ... Susanne
... Cavanaugh
... Lisa
... Sergeant Kelly
Lionel Decker ... Travis
Eda Reiss Merin ... Mrs. Powers
Isabell O'Connor ... Esther (as Isabell Monk)
... Akira
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In Los Angeles, the naive and lonely burger waitress and aspirant singer Carol Heath finds an advertisement in the newspaper with a job opportunity in Tokyo. She has a meeting with the agents, the American Cavanaugh and the Japanese Shiro ; she signs the contract in English and Japanese and travels to Japan to work at the White Orchid night-club. She shares a hotel room with a dancer and sooner she discovers the scheme of prostitution in the club that belongs to Yakuza. Alone, without money and her passport, she is protected by Shiro, but pressed by the managers Madame Mori and her husband Hatanaka to be receptive to client's proposals. Meanwhile her former boyfriend returns to LA and seeks her out. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Stardom is her dream. And her nightmare.

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28 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Death Ride to Osaka  »

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Finding My Own Way
Written by Brad Fiedel
Performed by Jennifer Jason Leigh
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A Good Story of Trafficking of Human Beings
13 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, the naive and lonely burger waitress and aspirant singer Carol Heath (Jennifer Jason Leigh) finds an advertisement in the newspaper with a job opportunity in Tokyo. She has a meeting with the agents, the American Cavanaugh (Philip Charles MacKenzie) and the Japanese Shiro (Richard Narita); she signs the contract in English and Japanese and travels to Japan to work at the White Orchid night-club. She shares a hotel room with a dancer and sooner she discovers the scheme of prostitution in the club that belongs to Yakuza. Alone, without money and her passport, she is protected by Shiro, but pressed by the managers Madame Mori (Carolyn Seymour) and her husband Mori (Mako) to be receptive to client's proposals. Meanwhile her former boyfriend returns to LA and seeks her out.

"Girls of the White Orchid" is a good story of trafficking of human beings, showing the recruitment, transfer and reception of white slaves. Unfortunately, the plot becomes unrealistic in the moment that Carol refuses to prostitute, and has an awful commercial conclusion with the rescue of her boyfriend. There are better recent movies about this theme but considering that this is a TV movie of 1983, I believe it is one of the first to deal with this subject. The reviews in IMDb and the IMDb User Rating are very unfair with this film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Escravas Brancas" ("White Slaves")


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