East Palace, West Palace

East Palace, West Palace

东宫西宫

After a random night raid in a local park, a young gay writer, A-Lan, is held for an intensive one-on-one interrogation. Unwanted memories offer glimpses of A-Lan’s tumultous childhood, first sexual... More
1h33m China 1996
18+
Subtitles
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Tags
Gay Romance Classics Chinese China-HK Movies

Synopsis

After a random night raid in a local park, a young gay writer, A-Lan, is held for an intensive one-on-one interrogation. Unwanted memories offer glimpses of A-Lan’s tumultous childhood, first sexual experiences, forced farm labour, and his incessant search for love. Through the night, the interrogating officer confronts feelings that alternate between revulsion and fascination. An awkward love story unfolds.

"The first film to deal explicitly with gay life in China."-Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com

Rotten Tomatoes 80% high rating!

Details

Country
China
Language
Mandarin
Director
Zhang Yuan
Cast
Si HanHu JunZhao Wei
Awards
Cannes Film Festival 1997, Mar del Plata Film Festival 1996 - Best Director, Screenplay, Special Mention for Cinematography, Ljubljana International Film Festival 1997 - Best Film - Perspectives Section
Review
Sexual politics in a repressed society

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