SARA (雏妓) Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com
Recommended Audience: Fans of Charlene Choi 蔡卓妍, Simon Yam 任达华， 凌梓維, 柳俊江 movie fans
SARA (雏妓) Movie Synopsis
Journalist Sara has just spent four months completing an in-depth investigation piece. Her editor-in-chief, afraid of offending powerful politicians and business moguls, refuses to run it. Her boyfriend, who works for the same magazine, chooses not to warn her and even sides with the editor-in-chief. In just one moment, she is turned off by her work, her love relationship and even about life.
At this low point in her life, Sara exiles herself to Chiang Mai, Thailand. One evening, while at a bar, she meets child prostitute Dok-my. During her time getting to know Dok-my and through the process of rescuing her, the journalist becomes haunted by the memories of her own past.
SARA (雏妓) Viewer Rating: 4/5 ****
SARA (雏妓) Movie Review:
Most people might be watching this film because of its R ratings or even because of the news that Charlene Choi had sex scenes in this film. If you hoping for another 50 Shades, you might be disappointed. Or else, I was pleasantly surprised by the topic the film touched on and how the issue was addressed.
The film featured three different types of women and how they dealt with life. While Sara’s mum tried to escape from reality and pretend all was well when Sara was raped by the stepfather; she used sex to fight for what she want. Meanwhile, in Thailand, Dok-My (Sunadcha Tadrabiab), the underaged sex worker used sex to trade for the survival of her family…
I find it interesting how the film used chronological flashback to bring out Sara’s childhood story (Although it’s a bit confusing at times), as well as her gradual realisation that she could have been a child sex worker, just like Dok-My. The film is also a reflection of today’s society, how many of us have been “selling” ourselves in exchange or to achieve a certain goal? It might not be sex, but what about our pride, ego or even our integrity?
The relationship between Sara (Charlene Choi) and Gan Hao Xian (Simon Yam) was really interesting. It started off as a way to “secure” his promise, then it became a transaction and then it evolved into a relationship. I was impressed how Simon Yam (who’s pretty experienced in romance and sexual scenes) was able to pull off the role of a straight laced education minister, as well as his inexperience care for Sara. The role of Sara is definitely something very un-Charlene, to be spouting vulgarities when she’s angry and making the advances on guys, I like how she portrayed the character in different stages of her life.
The two roles which I thought was pretty undeveloped (and it was a pity) were Patrick, the guy who had a crush on Sara in university as well as Raymond, Sara’s boyfriend in the news room. If the scriptwriter had given them more screen time or even merge them together as one, it might have been more interesting. There was a particular scene where the guy brought Sara back home when she was drunk and saw her writings on the wall. What happened? There were actually quite a few questions I had in my mind that I hope it would be answered!
This is definitely a film I will recommend for everyone to watch as it has such a debatable topic! I believe each time you watch it (that is if you watch more than once), you will discover something new and different!
Do You Know?
The character SARA was inspired by a conversation by the female lead Zhang Yu Ling from the film “From the Queen to the Chief Executive” (等候董建華發落). That one minute scene was a conversation between social worker Yu Ling (same pronunciation as Sara’s Chinese Name) and her mum whom she told how she lived for the past 10 years: She was kept as a mistress, and the guy supported her financially for her studies and then she left him.
It’s Charlene Choi’s first time acting such a bold role with two sex scenes. She was so nervous that she requested the producer Chapman To 杜汶泽 to be on set daily. However, after the first day of filming, she was so comfortable with the director that she told him not to turn up anymore as his appearance on set will affect her filming.
Another name for this film was Que Sera Sera (¿Qué será, será), which means “what will be, will be.” in Spanish. This is something you say when you are stuck in a hopelessly unchangeable situation, but have come to accept, or even embrace the unchangeability of it all. This is similar to the phrase “it is what it is”, an apt title for the situation of underaged prostitution in Thailand (in the film).
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SARA (雏妓) is out in cinemas on 26th March 2015. Special Sneaks out on 20th-22nd March 2015.