Transparent glass-built enclosures decorated with glittering neon lights, in which female vendors sell a spicy, addictive chewing snack called “betel nut,” are a common sight along the roadsides of Taiwan.The young female vendors, or “betel nut beauties,” often dress in provocative clothing to appea...(Read more)
Transparent glass-built enclosures decorated with glittering neon lights, in which female vendors sell a spicy, addictive chewing snack called “betel nut,” are a common sight along the roadsides of Taiwan. The young female vendors, or “betel nut beauties,” often dress in provocative clothing to appeal to their male customers.
Through its static black-and-white cinematography, this film transcends the visual sensuality of its subjects and location, depicting the tedious long working hours and intimate small talk of these saleswomen, whose enticing bodies are exhibited as a vehicle of sexual fantasies for the voyeuristic male gaze in society. The film captures these women’s ennui and quiet desperation, as well as the presence of the working-class men whose only relief in their long travels lies in these alluring glass boxes…
DVD source：Taiwan Cinema Toolkit, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C.
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2006 Visions du Réel International Film Festival, International Competition, Special Mention
2006 Taipei Film Festival
2006 Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Grand Prize of Taiwan Award
2006 Nantes Three Continents Festival, Best Documentary