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PR Girls
Year: 1998


DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

Director: Matthew Chow Hoi-Kwong
Producer: Joe Ma Wai-Ho
Cast: Liz Kong Hei-Man, Grace Lam Nga-Si, Angela Tong Ying-Ying, Moses Chan Ho, Sherming Yiu Lok-Yi, Alan Moo, Lai Yiu-Cheung, Zuki Lee Si-Pui, Alan Mak Siu-Fai, Wilson Yip Wai-Shun, Pauline Yam Bo-Lam, Matthew Chow Hoi-Kwong
The Skinny: Mildly interesting portrait of the PR Girl life from the Brilliant Idea Group.
by Kozo:

     Category IIB was the final rating for this high-touted Category III drama from those guys at the Brilliant Idea Group. Basically a “life of a club girl/prostitute” movie, it takes great pains to demonstrate the daily grind (no pun intended) of these fixtures of HK local culture. To do so, writer-director Matthew Chow attempts a UFO-type exploration of its subject, and the result is well-made and well-intentioned. However, it ultimately isn’t very good.
     The lead character is Ah B (Grace Lam), a money-grubbing “PR Girl” who can’t decide if she wants love, money, friendship, or power. She ultimately swings between all of them, leading to lots of missteps, misdirections and failed connections. On the other end is Julia (Liz Kong), the Mamasan to Ah B. She’s a career PR Girl who wants to find a husband, but sells herself short because she’s a PR Girl. Fellow club girls Ah Kwan (Angela Tong) and Matilda (Sherming Yiu) provide their own issues, from loan sharks to sexual dysfunction.
     As you would expect, it isn’t plot that drives the film but character and situation. The situations work; we get sordid customers and kinky activities. Lai Yiu-Cheung has a delirious cameo as a wacked out john with a thing for Hello Kitty. Newcomer Grace Lam provides all the visual aids, as she’s the only actress to appear nude. The bigger names (if you consider Liz Kong a big name) keep their clothes on, but somehow I doubt gratuitous nudity would have helped the character angle of the film. That’s where the film fails: character. Ah B is a prime example. She is a staggeringly unsympathetic character who denies her humanity for dough. Ah B is reprehensible—and we need to feel for her. That Grace Lam can’t provide that is a huge detriment to the film. 
     On the other end, Angela Tong and Sherming Yiu provide good support, but they have too little to do. I could go on, but I’d just be hammering home my lassitude towards the film. It’s mildly interesting, but a failure. (Kozo 1998)

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