IMDb 8.8 high score, Rotten Tomatoes 100% perfect rating!
A former monk who left monastic life because "I saw beautiful fags praying, and felt like running away," Madam Phung is a canny businesswoman who got her start as a singer, and saved her money in the form of gold bars she would bury in the ground. Now she is something of a den mother to her largely transgender troupe - berating them when they drink or fight too much, warning them to stay out of trouble, and dealing with local police and occasionally hostile locals when necessary.
It's the classic carny existence: long hours; setting up and tearing down the stage; exhorting the crowd to buy raffle tickets and play games; putting on a show. But the people we meet in Madame Phung's Last Journey are not your ordinary fairground workers.
"This doc about some peripatetic and put-upon carny workers sneaks under your skin."-David Noh, Film Journal International