2010年8月28日土曜日

Japanese/Asian Gay Movies



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There are many bad gay movies but there are good ones too. I haven't seen good Japanese/Asian gay movies recently, but my all-time favorites are:


  • Okoge (1992) - A story about a fag hag who befriends with a Japanese gay couple. She is an unrealistic character but the movie depicts then Japanese gay scene well, though it's a bit old...



  • Water Boys - There's only one gay-ish character but the movie itself is very gay in that Japanese high school boys practice synchronized swimming in speedo. There's a sequel because the original one was so popular among women (and some men).


  • Platonic Sex - Based on an autobiographical novel by Ai Iijima. She was a former porn star who later became a celebrity on TV in Japan. The story is not about gay men but one of her ex-boyfriends works as a gay hustler. I was fascinated by an underworld in Tokyo that I have never seen. You will witness how some young Japanese, who run away from home and come to a big city like Tokyo, end up getting involved in sex business to survive and to find love.

Other non-Japanese gay movies that I like:

  • The Wedding Banquet (1993) - An Asian-Caucasian gay couple in Manhattan tries to disguise their relationship with a help of a Chinese woman, when Taiwanese guy's parents visit them in NY. Ang Lee must be gay!
  • Under One Roof - A low budget, not-so-good movie, but at least it's about an Asian gay man in the U.S. This one-sheet photo is so misleading, though. The Asian guy plays a top in the movie, but this picture leaves us an impression that the white guy is a top, doesn't it?

  • Cut Sleeve Boys - I saw this movie on Logo a couple of weeks ago. It's about two Chinese British gays in their 30's who try to find true love and to accept aging self in London.

  • Happy Together - I saw this movie in a theater. I have been wanting to visit Buenos Aires since then but haven't been able to... I was shocked to learn about Leslie Cheung  who played one of the main actors in the movie jumped off the building many years later.


I haven't had a chance to see the below Japanese gay-themed movies but am interested.





I bet there're more good movies. What're your favorite ones?


You can look up more Asian gay films here!

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