Looking for some queer movies to add to your watch-list? Here are some classics that are always worth checking out.
Your Name Engraved Herein (2020)
In the 1980s when martial law was ending in Taiwan, two students – Jia Han (played by Edward Chen) and Wang Bo-to, aka Birdy (portrayed by Tseng Jing-hua) – fall in love while dealing with family pressure, homophobia and social stigma.
Dear Ex (2018)
This comedy-drama stars Song Cheng-xi (played by Joseph Huang), a teenager caught in a complicated feud between his mother, Hsieh (played by Liu San-lian), and his deceased father’s former lover, Jay (played by Roy Chiu).
Happy Together (1997)
Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together stars Leslie Cheung. The story follows the turbulent relationship between Ho Po-wing (Cheung) and Lai Yiu-fai (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), and their visit to Buenos Aires in search of the Iguazu Falls.
The Handmaiden (2016)
Directed by Park Chan-wook, this is an adapation of a novel called Fingersmith that was written by Sarah Waters. Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, a con man under the alias Count Fujiwara hires a pickpocket named Sock-hee to help him seduce a wealthy Japanese heiress - but nothing is quite what it seems.
Suk Suk (2019)
Suk Suk centres around the lives of two older men - Pak, a 70-year-old taxi driver, and Hoi, a 65-year-old single father - both men have spent their lives hiding their sexualities from their respective families. The film reflects on the societal pressures that queer individuals have to face in Asian societies, which often results in them having to hide their authentic selves to avoid scrutiny.
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
Directed by Ang Lee, The Wedding Banquet stars Winston Chao. The film follows a Taiwanese guy who is living in the US. To conceal his sexuality from his family, he embarks on an elaborate plan - with unexpected results.