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Falang: Behind Bangkok's Smile (2005)

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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Documentary | Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bangkok Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand

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Budget:

CAD 65,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Exploitative. Long on Emotion, Short on Fact.
21 August 2011 | by odo5435See all my reviews

I haven't been to Thailand and know no more than the next person about the sex trade in that country. This documentary adds nothing to that knowledge.

The film's maker seems to be earnestly pushing me towards his conclusion but does not offer any real evidence to support his claim. All we're given is a longish interview with the subject of the documentary (which seems to ask more questions than it answers) and a couple of short views of boorish foreigners, one of whom is particularly obnoxious in his drunkenness. There are no particularly incisive questions nor any hard evidence. In particular, there isn't any interviews with anyone (government officials, medical practitioners, industry insiders, etc.) who can offer a balanced view of the industry.

Overall this is a poor effort at documentary making. The cynic inside me tells me the maker is trying to make an emotional film that will readily sell. I hope, for his subject's sake, that isn't true.


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