Films / Programs

Queer Asian Cinema

Frameline37 is delighted to present this spotlight on burgeoning queer Asian cinema and the aesthetics, humor, contradictions, and politics of being queer in contemporary Asian film. From the subversive to the sublime— indulge with us as we present the year’s best in LGBT Asian cinema.

Between Ring & Pendant

85M

This stellar collection of Asian & Pacific Islander shorts take us on a journey across the Pacific Rim and back to the Bay Area with fearless tomboys, aspiring pop divas, and some deeply complicated familial bonds.

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Bwakaw

Philippines, 2012, 110M

Veteran Filipino actor Eddie Garcia stars as a crotchety and closeted man, faced with reminders of death and stirred by a new friendship, confronts the regrets of his life and attempts to find a self-affirming way forward in this moving and powerful drama.

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Chuppan Chupai / I Am Gay and Muslim

127M

The reality of gay life in the Muslim world is far from simple, but complexity isn't always the worst outcome. In these two documentaries, LGBT people in Morocco and in Pakistan live and find love despite their surrounding circumstances.

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It Gets Better

Thailand, 2012, 103M

From the countryside to a flashy resort cabaret in Thailand, seekers find rejection and love in this portrait of transgender lives rediscovered and redeemed, directed by a filmmaker who has fought bans against LGBT themes in Thai cinema.

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Mama Rainbow

90M

This touching documentary about being gay in contemporary China introduces us to six different mothers of LGBT children and their own version of a “coming out” tale, as they begin to recognize, acknowledge, and accept the sexualities of their sons and daughters.

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She: tHEiR Love Story

Thailand, 2012, 90M

Bright, entertaining and unabashedly soapy, She follows two Thai lesbians as they fall for ostensibly straight women. At times uproariously funny, the film is a crash course in Thai lesbian life.

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Soongava—Dance of the Orchids

Nepal, 2012, 85M

The first film from Nepal dealing with lesbian love features a dangerous romance between middle-class college students whose families violently oppose it. Still, a dancer and her admirer decide to live together in defiance of their conservative society.

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Two Weddings and a Funeral

South Korea, 2012, 106M

A young gay Korean doctor marries a lesbian co-worker in order to pass for heterosexual in a gay-unfriendly culture. This produces results both hilarious and tragic as they discover themselves and find fulfillment by accessing a deep courage within.

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White Night

South Korea, 2012, 75M

This contemporary film noir is filled with unforgettable images and complex characters that focus on real world issues about homophobia in South Korean society while capturing the arresting and disturbing exploration of one man’s descent into the unsettling demons of his past.

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Taiwan, 2013, 104M

Sweet, introverted Weichung is a closeted gay man with a wife, a son and a new lover in this charming romantic comedy about love, family and sexuality—and the conflict many Asian gay men experience trying to reconcile all three.

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