Seven Asian movies celebrating LGBT romance

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03/11/2020

While Hollywood has blockbuster queer films Brokeback Mountain (2005), Moonlight (2016) and Call Me By Your Name (2017), social stigmas and cultural taboos mean that LGBTQ+ characters in Asian cinema are scarce. However, several filmmakers have made equally beautiful films celebrating LGBTQ+ characters around Asia. Notably the most-acclaimed gay Asian film, Happy Together is the brainchild of Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. Shot in Argentina and Taiwan, the movie follows Yiu-Fai (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing) who plan to rekindle their romance in South America, but quickly realise their relationship is drifting apart. Nia Dinata’s Arisan! arrived during Indonesia’s post-New Order regime and enjoyed immense success at the box office and award ceremonies back at home.

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