I am interested in the subject of modeling, so was very jazzed to watch this documentary. What was disturbing is how this particular modeling "agency" took girls from Siberia, telling them how they could make big money, to Tokyo for "modeling" sessions. They put these particular dirt-poor girls (who didn't speak any English or Japanese) up in a crappy apartment in Tokyo, took them to go-sees, did not bother to take good pictures of the girls, and didn't seem to give them any traveling expense money (so they could eat). There were no modeling lessons or training. The girls had no control over the pictures that were taken of them, were not informed where they would show up, and sometimes were not even paid for them. The girls were unable to ask basic questions of the people around them. At the end of their contracts, the modeling agency informs them that they didn't make any money, and in fact they are in debt to the modeling agency for the expenses of their apartment and airfare, sending the girls home over $2,000 US in debt.
What you come to see is that the modeling agency exploits these girls, not even trying to get them modeling jobs, but to make money for the agency by keeping them in debt. The biggest villian is the former model who is now a recruiter for the agency. She knows how the girls will be fleeced, yet she continues to work for the agency to finance her lifestyle. It's very sickening to watch.
The reason I'm giving this documentary only a Like rating is that the pacing is very slow, and there is little to no background music, and no voiceovers. Sometimes it just gets boring. I realize you can only do so much with true stories, but I would've liked more information about Nadya (one of the models), about how long she was there, how was she living alone in Tokyo at 13-years-old, what her daily life was like, and more details about the unscrupulous modeling agency.