To mark Pride Month in Taiwan, director Starr Wu’s gay-themed film “The Story of the Stone” is in theaters from today. The film explores the colorful gay scene in Taipei, and the screening of the movie as the closing film at the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival attracted much attention earlier last month.
The film is adapted partially from one of the “Four Classic Novels” of Chinese literature, also known as the Dream of the Red Chamber. The red chamber is portrayed in the movie as the “Red House” in Taipei’s Ximending area — a landmark for the LGBT community. Some film critics, however, have expressed concern about its overemphasis on drug use, orgies and HIV infection, worrying that this may lead to the reinforcing of negative stereotypes.
Meanwhile, directors Mag Hsu and Kidding Hsu’s gay-themed film “Dear Ex” is also set to open in two weeks. The highly-anticipated romantic comedy won eight nominees at this year’s Golden Horse Awards, including the nominations for best leading actor for Roy Chiu and best leading actress for Hsieh Ying-xuan.
Photo courtesy of the VM magazine
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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