Gay-themed Asian American Movie

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    Nov 05, 2011 2:57 PM GMT
    Has anyone scene The Wedding Banquet by Ang Lee? Yep, he directed this before Brokeback Mountain. It's one of my favorites. It's about a Taiwanese American gay man named Wai Tung and his partner Simon who decide to have a sham marriage to please his traditional parents. Things get out of hand.

    Despite the trailer, it is not a comedy. A lot of drama happens, and I nearly cried.

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    Nov 05, 2011 3:16 PM GMT


    How interesting.. I've never heard of this particular movie you mentioned before. I haven't seen many gay themed asian american movies before.. I know of a several Korean Gay Movies...
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    Nov 05, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    dragondevil said

    How interesting.. I've never heard of this particular movie you mentioned before. I haven't seen many gay themed asian american movies before.. I know of a several Korean Gay Movies...


    Yeah, not a lot of people know about this film despite Ang Lee's directing Brokeback Mountain. It's interesting; probably cos the main character of The Wedding Banquet is Asian.

    I've seen a number of Asian films, too such as Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean. But the first time I heard of a gay Asian American film was this.
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    Nov 05, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    BTW, if you don't mind the spoiler, here is a heart-wrenching scene where Wai Tung comes out to his mother.

    http://youtu.be/8ueJf3xgsnA
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    Nov 05, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    it great that Asian writers and directors are taking the lead on this. It really helps in countries where the culture is more oppressive toward and disapproving of gays. It also is really cool to see this because American gay movies virtually never discuss the lives and experiences of non white gays.
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    Nov 05, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    What did you guys think of "Cut-Sleeve Boys?" (Asian/British) It's a goofy comedy but has a serious side. I thought it was very good for an indie.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0461760/
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    Nov 05, 2011 5:56 PM GMT
    i've seen it. can't say it stuck w/ me tho.

    enjoyed Zero Chou's Drifting Flowers more.
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    Nov 05, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    AznDude87 saidBTW, if you don't mind the spoiler, here is a heart-wrenching scene where Wai Tung comes out to his mother.

    http://youtu.be/8ueJf3xgsnA


    That was very touching indeed... I wish my coming out story to my mother was as simple =P

    However I couldn't help notice how the mother says,"Simon, led him a stray"
    Like it's Simon's fault and not accepting her son's intuition for being gay... icon_confused.gif

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    Nov 05, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    it had its moments, but it wasn't anything special. the simpsons' version was superior.

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    Nov 06, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
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    AznDude87 saidBTW, if you don't mind the spoiler, here is a heart-wrenching scene where Wai Tung comes out to his mother.

    http://youtu.be/8ueJf3xgsnA


    That was very touching indeed... I wish my coming out story to my mother was as simple =P

    However I couldn't help notice how the mother says,"Simon, led him a stray"
    Like it's Simon's fault and not accepting her son's intuition for being gay... icon_confused.gif



    Yeah, but it seems realistic in that sense. In real life, parents who just found out don't accept their children quickly most of the time.
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    Nov 06, 2011 1:53 AM GMT
    calibro saidit had its moments, but it wasn't anything special. the simpsons' version was superior.

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    It was special to me. Probably cos the lead was Asian, and I could relate. You, as a white man, have never had to deal with being a double minority (Asian and gay). Just the way it is.
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    Nov 06, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidWhat did you guys think of "Cut-Sleeve Boys?" (Asian/British) It's a goofy comedy but has a serious side. I thought it was very good for an indie.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0461760/


    I liked this movie. It was funny.
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    Nov 06, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    i saw this movie! it was when i was living with my mom and still closeted. luckily it was on when she was asleep or it would have given me away icon_biggrin.gif

    but i thought it was really interesting and showed a lot of Asian culture as well as gay culture.
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    Nov 06, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    AznDude87 said
    calibro saidit had its moments, but it wasn't anything special. the simpsons' version was superior.

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    It was special to me. Probably cos the lead was Asian, and I could relate. You, as a white man, have never had to deal with being a double minority (Asian and gay). Just the way it is.


    except i was an orthodox jew and am israeli. so please don't try to play the minority card. being a minority is not an excuse for having mediocre taste in film (or having poor grammar and spelling).
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    Nov 06, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
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    AznDude87 said
    calibro saidit had its moments, but it wasn't anything special. the simpsons' version was superior.

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    It was special to me. Probably cos the lead was Asian, and I could relate. You, as a white man, have never had to deal with being a double minority (Asian and gay). Just the way it is.


    except i was an orthodox jew and am israeli. so please don't try to play the minority card. being a minority is not an excuse for having mediocre taste in film (or having poor grammar and spelling).


    Defensive much? I wasn't insulting you; I was just saying your being white (and you are white technically despite your being Jewish) tends to make you less likely to understand double minority status. You can pass for white while I could never. It's called white privilege.

    Furthermore, your insulting my grammar, spelling and movie taste is really quite childish.
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    Nov 06, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
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    AznDude87 said
    calibro saidit had its moments, but it wasn't anything special. the simpsons' version was superior.

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    It was special to me. Probably cos the lead was Asian, and I could relate. You, as a white man, have never had to deal with being a double minority (Asian and gay). Just the way it is.


    except i was an orthodox jew and am israeli. so please don't try to play the minority card. being a minority is not an excuse for having mediocre taste in film (or having poor grammar and spelling).



    Hey don't knock it... This something is we Gaysians don't see to often, so in essences scenes like this can mean more to us than than to others.. This is not a minority issue that Azndude is talking about, its about identifying with our own culture and about being gay... No one is playing a race card here, he's simply sharing a movie that means something to him... So ease up..
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    Nov 06, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    I enjoyed The Sensei



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    Nov 06, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    Saw this movie with my parents together after I came out to them. They absolutely love it.
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    Nov 06, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    metta8 saidI enjoyed The Sensei




    Oh my goodness, I forgot all about that movie! I loved it for the gay themes of course, but I also like how it dealt with the AIDS crisis in the 80s, even dealing with straight people. It was also exciting to see Diana Inosanto in action, her being the goddaughter of Bruce Lee and all.
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    Nov 06, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    Eternal Summer. I actually haven't watched it yet but I am dying to.

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    Nov 06, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    Cityaznguy saidEternal Summer. I actually haven't watched it yet but I am dying to.


    I've seen this as well and liked it a lot. Definitely see it. Although I thought one of the main characters acted too depressed throughout the movie, but it was good nonetheless.
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    Nov 06, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    Honestly I'm not impressed; many of these movies rely on stereotypes, and the stories are quite trite. Also, they focus only on specific Asians, the Chinese, Korean, Indian. There's a lot of us, so I'd like to see a strong Filipino character for once.
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    Nov 06, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    AznDude87 said
    Cityaznguy saidEternal Summer. I actually haven't watched it yet but I am dying to.


    I've seen this as well and liked it a lot. Definitely see it. Although I thought one of the main characters acted too depressed throughout the movie, but it was good nonetheless.

    LOL but being gay is depressing, and during the age of sexual awakening when you have the most energy and sex drive, but you're actually the most confused and/or repressed about your own sexuality, and at the same time you have the raging hormone. It is a dire contrast with the mental/emotion and the physical. I feel that the title of the movie is in itself an oxymoron, but maybe after I watch the movie I'll have a deeper understanding and appreciation. The sex scene looks hot icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 06, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    The Wedding Banquet is indeed a good movie. I can never get tired watching this movie icon_smile.gif

    Cheers
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    Nov 06, 2011 4:34 AM GMT
    OMG I'd forgotten about this film, I watched it when I was like 8, and I was completely shocked because up until then I thought I was the only gay guy in the world and it made me feel normal icon_lol.gif It's a great film!