After her father (Shing
Fui-on) is arrested and her mother (Chiao Chiao) is hospitalized with
a heart ailment, pretty Mandy (Sharla Cheung Man) becomes a nightclub
hostess in order to support her younger sister and pay for the operation
their mom gravely needs. She learns the ropes from Hung (Cherie Chung
Cho-hung), a seasoned B-Girl with a facial scar, whose excessive drinking
periodically lands her in the hospital. The two become close friends,
watching out for each other, while dealing with jealous co-workers
and sleazy guests (including Wong Jing, Billy Lau Nam-kwong, Stanley
Fung Shui-fan, and Nat Chan Pak-cheung). When Hung loses all of her
money in the 1988 stock market crash, she attempts suicide but is
saved by Mandy's intervention. In order to help her, Mandy agrees
to sleep with gangland boss Tong Pun (Paul Chun Pui), despite the
fact that he and his men had previously raped Hung. Tong also refused
to compensate Mandy's family when her dad was imprisoned, after trying
to collect from one of Tong's debtors. When Mandy's father gets out
of jail and discovers what has transpired, all hell breaks loose.
While Manfred Wong's screenplay makes
token attempts to present the life of HK clubgirls with a smidgen
of verisimilitude, this is an exploitation movie first and foremost.
On that level, it succeeds, thanks largely to an excellent performance
by Cherie Chung and an effective one by Sharla Cheung (both in roles
of greater depth than they are usually allotted). As the affluent
villain ("You poor people dare struggle with me?!"), Paul
Chun adds plenty of color with one of his customarily vivid characterizations.
The violent finale is predictable but highly satisfying on an emotional
level, which is where the film works best anyway. Maria Cordero (as
the ladies mamasan), Teresa Carpio, Wu Ma, Fanny Sit Chi-lun,
and Lam Chung are also featured.