By Michelle Hamada
In a region of the world where homosexuality is taboo, a handful of Asian filmmakers have caused a stir in LGBT film. Lucky for us— SnagFilms is streaming two of these revolutionary films for FREE!
If you haven’t seen or even heard of Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together(1997) or Bui Thac Chuyen’s Adrift(2009), its time for you to get clicking. The two films sharply comment upon the restrictions surrounding LGBT romance while also providing enough steam to hold you over to the 50 Shades of Grey Febuary 2015 release date.
Two lovers from Hong Kong run off to live together in Buenes Aires, but their relationship is far from perfect. Ho Po-Wing is immature and explosive while Lai is reserved and depressed. The film delicately observes their tumultuous relationship and their particular fascination with the Iguazu Falls. It’s a beautiful and breathtaking film and for those who might need an extra push, Wong Kar Wai’s work in the film won the 1997 Cannes Film Festival award for Best Director.
Bui Thac Chuyen’s angsty film captures the passion and confusion of Duyen — a young and unhappy bride who is unaware that her best friend is in love with her. Set in the humid, color-saturated and puritanical Hanoi the film creates the perfect climate for a sultry summer romance. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable film and a definite must watch for anyone interested in transnational film.
Paired together these films create a marvelous window into a film culture that is rapidly transforming. Oh what a wonderful time we are in!