Bugis Street


Time Out says

Before the ultimate nanny state tidied away all signs of 'dirt', Bugis Street was Singapore's centre for transvestite hookers. This movie, by a Hong Kong fashion photographer turned director, is a fey evocation of those days, centred on the imaginary Sin-Sin Hotel, crammed to the rafters with she-males and their drunken sailor pick-ups. There's no plot; the film explores its world through the eyes of the newly arrived maid (Le, from Oliver Stone's Heaven & Earth), an innocent who winds up learning all she'll ever need to know about eye-liner, falsies, penises and putting a brave face on things. Better as censor-bait than as drama, but it contains several powerful direct-to-camera monologues by real life drag queens.


Release details

101 mins

Cast and crew

Manshi Yonfan
Manshi Yonfan
Hiep Thi Le
Michael Lam
Benedict Goh
Ernest Seah
Gerald Chen
Maggie Lye
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