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Movie review: Face to Face

Director Chung Chuan’s documentary reveals the little-known world of Taiwanese wrestling

By Ho Yi  /  Staff reporter

It is also to the director’s credit that the film captures late entertainer and cross-dressing actor Da Bing (大炳), whose real name was Yu Bing-hsian (余炳賢), before he died of pneumonia last year at age 37 after a long-running struggle with drug addiction and a series of convictions for drug use. In answer to Huang’s request, the veteran entertainer came to the aid of the group and gave the wrestlers acting and performance courses. To some extent, the film is a fitting epitaph for Yu, who is remembered as a warm, fun-loving gay comedian and advocate of LGBT rights, who in a humorous sequence tells Chiang that he is probably gay and should consider coming out of the closet.

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