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Bangkok Girl (2005)

Falang: Behind Bangkok's Smile (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 8 May 2007 (USA)
"Bangkok Girl" is a 'remarkably accomplished, beautifully photographed and intimate debut documentary that puts a human face on the devastating social issue that, sadly, is the fate of too ... See full summary »

Director:

Jordan Clark

Writers:

Jordan Clark, Sawarot Huangkonchak (translation) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Jordan Clark Jordan Clark ... Narrator (voice)
Sirirat Rapsithorn Sirirat Rapsithorn ... Pla
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"Bangkok Girl" is a 'remarkably accomplished, beautifully photographed and intimate debut documentary that puts a human face on the devastating social issue that, sadly, is the fate of too many impoverished girls.' The documentary provides a glimpse of Thailand's sex tourism told through the experiences of a 19-year-old bar girl named Pla. Written by Production Review

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Jordan Clark says he never appears in the film to keep a voyeuristic feel. There is one scene when he first meets Pla where he is seen in the mirror of the bar. See more »

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A realistic view of a Thailand girl in the sex trade business
19 July 2015 | by kimindsmSee all my reviews

Having lived in Thailand for the better part of 5 years, I have seen it all. The ups and downs, highs and lows, the exhilarating and the discouraging, the delightful and the horrific, and finally the happiness and the hopelessness. I have also visited Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Viet Nam, The Philippines, Mexico, Belize, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia. I have stayed in 4 of those countries for longer than 6 months, and the Thailand nightlife scene is by far the seediest I have ever seen. It is with much sadness that I watched "Bangkok Girl". Yes, there are a few things that were not 100% accurate, but those are very minor and do not affect the story being told. The bottom line is that Thailand attracts the scum of the earth sex tourists from around the world. They have absolutely no respect for themselves, and much less for the Thai people or the country in general. Despite the beautiful beaches, the scenic countryside, and the smiling faces of the Thai people, I forced myself to leave Thailand because the depressing side of the country was too much for me to handle. I'm realistic, and I know that things will not change. There was nothing I could do about it, and I was done subjecting myself to it. People that have reviewed this documentary and have given it low marks are either uninformed about what they are talking about, or perhaps they are sex tourists objecting to the matter-of- fact negative portrait painted by the filmmaker. Whatever the case, this documentary is chilling and thought provoking.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand

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Budget:

CAD65,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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