Pleasure Factory is an 86 min local production shot in the red-light district of Geylang.
I went into the cinema with the hopes that it wouldn’t be as bad as I was warned, and I was pleasantly surprised that it actually wasn’t! Although some parts were a little draggy and I became a tad restless, I found the show to be quite thought-provoking.
It was a film with 3 different storylines – a young army boy losing his virginity (I wanted to include the words ‘for the first time’ but then I realised how ironic that would be); a jaded prostitute who just wanted someone to cuddle with; and a young girl whose mom sits there smoking while she’s being forced to blow a fat old man who may/may not be her father.
The silliness of the “spring chicken” while trying to figure out how to use a condom made me smile, the vulnerability of the prostitute who sought solace in the guy who sold songs made me go awww and the young girl ending up in the foreigner’s bed with the guy walking around the house in his CK briefs looking all emo made me go “WHAT?! So did they have sex or not?”, because the show abruptly ended at that point.
The idea of beauty in the show was also quite warped. The two girls who were called 漂亮 (beautiful) weren’t very. In fact the prostitute who slept with the army guy sounded a little like ru hua and I just couldn’t stop giggling whenever she spoke! It came to a point where he kept saying “你真的很漂亮” that I involuntarily let out an “urgh” sound that made the middle-aged couple beside me snigger. Oh well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess. But what a bad eye.
My final verdict’s that it’s not too bad a show. If you can sit through 3 hours of LOTR, you probably can sit through 86 minutes of this. But I’m sorry to say that it’s R21, so kids, just stay home and surf porn. It’s free!