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Secret Saturday, 11 August 2007

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This is the same gal. Lin-Mei Kwai (or pronounced Lun-Mei Guey in Mandarin),  in Blue Gate Crossing. She does look very different, isn’t it? Apparently, she was talent spotted from outside a train station to star in the movie. And her looks and acting in that movie caught Jay Chou’s attention. His first movie ‘Secret‘ (Mandarin: ‘bu neng shuo de mi mi’) sounds interesting and reviews mentioned that the show is accompanied by very nice piano pieces (performed by Jay himself, of course). Both the supposedly good plot and the musical accompaniment warrant a visit to the cinema me think! But Y isn’t too fond of Mandarin movies….

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Blue Gate Crossing Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Posted by dragonzlad in Life in General, Reviews.
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I had a quick look at the another Taiwanese movie called ‘Blue Gate Crossing’. It centres on the relationship between two teens – a boy and a girl. The movie is another rather typical fare of coming to terms with being gay, very much like the previous Taiwanese movie I watched – Eternal Summer . However, unlike Eternal Summer, there is no complicated triangle relationship in this movie although there was a tinge of it. Another main difference in the show is that the story tried to deal with the gay issue from the girl’s perspective, which may be to the dismay of the gay population given that the actor is a dimpled-smile cute lad.

Blue Gate Crossing                          The girl and her lad

It is a simple and rather predictable story saved by the way it was produced. There is something about such Taiwanese movies that draws me. Maybe I am a sucker for sweet innocent shows. Did the girl save herself from a tortured life of finding true love while being gay? Or did she suppress her liking for girls to live a normal life? Well, I am not about to spoil it for you in case you haven’t watched it. Further review at IMDB but be warned – its review could be a spoiler! In any case, the movie reminded me of this pair of siblings.

The sister is quite openly butch with a girlfriend that pops over to the family home ever so often. The brother is openly hostile to the sister and her supposed girlfriend. I find it sad that the brother is unable to accept her for who she is and support her to be the best person she can be, be it as a gay person or not. I think the brother believes that it is a choice in life to be either gay or straight (“nurture” advocate)and blames her for choosing the other camp. The tense relationship and the mutual dislike (bordering on hatred) is certainly making their mother upset and I can see that there is nothing she can do to change the situation. But I wonder whether she did persuade her son to accept the sister as she is. Perhaps, it is more complicated than that as the siblings didn’t grow up well together. I personally see her as a person with good potential if she is in the right company and channels her energy productively. This makes me wonder whether sometimes it is easier for an outsider to accept a gay person than a person who is related to that gay person?

Eternal Summer Saturday, 23 June 2007

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This isn’t a posting about my summer in the UK but it’ll be nice to have an eternal summer here in the UK – sunshine and the cool air.

Anyway, I had just watched a Taiwanese movie called Eternal Summer. It was about the relationship that had developed between 2 men, Shane and Jon  (the loosely anglicised names as given by the subtitles), from the time they were boys. The usual issues associated with falling in love with a same-sex best mate could be seen in the movie – sacrifices, fear of rejection, fear of losing the friendship and fear of admitting the reality of one’s feelings. The feelings that Jon developed for Shane was ironic as he never wanted to befriend him when they were just boys. While Shane, who loves Carrie who initially loved Jon, could not do without Jon and had constantly sought his companionship (even while being with Carrie), much to the detriment of Jon’s academic performance.

Jon, Carrie and Shane

The show does not attempt to clarify the situation developing between the 2 men. For example, while physical intimacy occurred between the 2 men, it happened when Shane was supposedly drunk. But I personally don’t think that a truly drunk person can have done much other than fall flat and sleep (at least based on what I have witnessed recently).

 Is this the moment Jon has been waiting for or is it just a one nighter?

Similarly, the movie ended enigmatically, leaving me to ponder whether Shane has accepted Jon and is willing to be involved in a gay relationship. In the show’s closing, Shane uttered,”You are really my best friend.” (which happened to be the same term used by a “Dear GB” writer). What does it mean?!!? Perhaps he has acknowledged that he loves Jon but is unwilling to come to terms with being gay? The show also features a 3rd-party to the relationship – Carrie. Unfortunately, the movie again left me wondering how it ends for her. Is love so strong amongst the three that they could accept being a threesome (of course Shane would be the lucky devil, wouldn’t he?)? Or will she leave the 2 men?

On the whole, I kinda enjoyed the show only because I know it can be very real.