AKA: Year : 2010 Country: Hong Kong Language : Cantonese Subtitle(s) : Chinese (T/S) | English Film Genre : Drama | Sexploitation | Thriller IMDB :Girl$ Links :HKDB
DVD Source : DVD5 from trex3568 Video format : MKV - X264 - 2 pass Video Bitrate : 1827 kbps Aspect Ratio : 16 : 9 Resolution : 718 x 480 Audio Format : AC3 Audio Bitrate : 384 kbps Video Runtime: 1 hour 28 min Frame Rate : 29.970 fps
Director : Kenneth Bi Cast : Michelle Wai, Bonnie Xian, Una Lin, Venus Wong, Deep Ng Ho Hong, Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung, Karson Lok, Tse Hoi-Wing
Originating from Japan, the social phenomenon known as "compensated dating" - young girls getting paid to go on dates that usually end with sex - recently made its way to the headlines of Hong Kong newspapers after several unpleasant incidents. Producer Ng Kin Hung, who tackled Hong Kong social issues with films like Give Them A Chance, as well as Herman Yau's two prostitution films Whispers and Moans and True Women For Sale, now takes on this new social phenomenon with Girl$. The third feature film from director Kenneth Bi (The Drummer) is a hard-hitting film that follows four girls who take on the compensated dating lifestyle for reasons that range from simple materialism to self-gratification.
Anchored by breakthrough performances by up-and-coming actresses Michelle Wai (Happily Ever After), Bonnie Xian (Moss), Venus Wong (High Noon), and Lin Yu Xuan, Girl$ strays away from being a typical morality tale about youngsters living on the edge by offering no clear moral judgments on the girls. Bi's camera is constantly on the move as a spectator on the sidelines, simply capturing the lives of the girls, why they do what they do, and the life-and-death consequences of their actions. The result isn't always pleasant to watch, but at least it always feels authentic, and it always feels uniquely Hong Kong.
Icy (Michelle Wai) is a former compensated dating participant who has since become a pimp to be with her boyfriend (Derek Tsang). She currently manages Lin (Lin yu Xuan), who has fallen in love with one of her clients. One day, Icy meets rich girl Ronnie (Bonnie Xian) on the Internet and ends up indirectly influencing her to start the compensated dating life for her own reasons. Meanwhile, materialistic secondary school student Gucci (Venus Wong) needs money to buy a limited edition Gucci handbag and decides to try selling herself on the Internet. Through various circumstances, these girls soon become friends, connected by the compensated dating lifestyle that will also threaten to tear them apart.