Fish Ball Girls (1982)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |  
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The title of this film refers to the underdeveloped breasts of young girls, and the topic deals with teenage prostitution and drug use in Hong Kong. Set up as a pseudo docu-drama, the film follows the fictional activities of several youngsters between the ages of 13 and 15 and watches them change into hardened, street-wise individuals whose focus is on a good time, drinking, dancing, drugs, sex, and generally self-destructive pursuits. One of these characters is a young girl forced onto the streets from a broken home and dysfunctional family. Once out on her own she falls in with the wrong crowd, barely surviving, and constantly beset with the emotional and physical hardships of street life (rejection, degradation, lack of meaningful human contact) she has nowhere to turn. This film was released in Hong Kong right in the middle of news stories on a prostitution racket involving young teenage girls.

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investigation, prostitute/prostitution, teenagers