Here are the top ten Asian Chinese Language Lesbian Films according to Queer Comrade News. These are the things to watch for, since I already watched one film, so I have 9 films to go. Please share your comments about the films so other viewers will have an idea about it. As for me, I watched “Spider Lilies”. It is a melodramatic type of film because it covered the September 21, 1999 devastating earthquake that rocked Taiwan killing over 2,000 individuals at the same time an encounter of two women, who both have a common past and later met years after. I don’t want to keep you guys waiting so here it is the line up for Top Ten Asian Chinese Language Lesbian Films. Drum-rolls please.
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1. Fish and Elephant -it is the first Chinese mainland film to broach the topic of lesbian relationships in China. The film was produced by Cheng Yong Productions. The cast was entirely with non – professional actors and actresses. It was directed by Li Yu.
2. Murmur of Youth – A rather dejected Mei-li Chen lives with her extended family in the suburbs. She drops out of college when the boy she has a crush on finds a girlfriend. Mei-li eventually ends up selling tickets in a movie theater. A great camaraderie then builds up between the two cashiers in the small ticket booth.
3. Intimates – The story of an undying love affair between two women over the course of 50 years. Wai is a young architect living in modern San Francisco. She is fed up with her wimpy boyfriend and decides to take a vacation to China with her Auntie Foon. To her surprise, it becomes a journey of self discovery for both women as Foon attempts to help Wai with her love life, and starts to recall her own one true love for a woman she met five decades ago.
4. Spider Lilies -It is a 2007 Taiwanese Lesbian drama film. It is directed by Zero Chou and stars Rainie Yang and Isabella Leaong in the lead roles. It won the Teddy Award for the best feature film.
5. Candy Rain – It is a 2008 Taiwanese film directed by Chen Hung-I. It is a romantic drama which combines four intimate, lyrical tales exploring the range of women loving women in contemporary Taiwan.
6. Drifting Flowers – Teddy Award-winning Director Zero Chou (Spider Lilies) weaves three poetic tales as the lesbians in Drifting Flowers seek their true identity. In the first story, Jing, a blind singer, falls in love with her bands tomboy accordionist Diego. In another time and place, Lily, an elderly lesbian and Yen, her gay friend, create an unexpected bond and support each other in a time of crisis. Finally, we see Diego before she joined the band, when as a teenager she came to grips with her identity.
7. Miao Miao – A Taiwanese teen romance story focuses on Ai, a sassy high school girl, who meets Miao Miao, the new exchange student from Japan, and is immediately attracted to the quiet, gentle newcomer. The two become best friends, palling around after school, sharing each other’s secrets and baking cakes together. It doesn’t take long for Miao Miao to find first love in the form of sullen record store owner Chen Fei, who shuts out the world with a pair of headphones. Miao Miao enlists Ai’s help in winning his affections. Jealous and frustrated, Ai finds her feelings for her best pal go beyond friendship. Miao Miao tells a solid story about friendship and first love.
8. Butterfly -It is a 2004 Hong Kong film based on Taiwanese writer Xue Chen’s novel “The Mark Of Butterfly”. The film was directed by female award – winning director Yan Yan Mak. The film follows Flavia, a married high school teacher, who encounters free spirited female singer-songwriter Yip and strikes up a relationship with the younger girl. Flavia is a lesbian, but never can act like one because she was brought up in a society where homosexuality was not accepted. When Flavia was a teenager, she once fell in love with a girl in her class, but the relationship was forced to end when it was discovered by her parents. Flavia, heartbroken, eventually married a competent and caring businessman after she graduated from university. Now in her 30s and married with a child, she met Yip, a beautiful singer-songwriter. Flavia is deeply attracted by her carefree personality and bright spirit, she fell in love with Yip just like the first love she had in high school. She slowly dares to break out, worried about the consequences but equally about finding her true self again.
9. Lost in You – Independent Film directed by Zhu Yiye. It follows Yu Xiaohuan, a girl born with a birthmark on her face. She is sensitive and has low self – esteem. One day, she meets Zhang Youxi, a girl who always fights to protect herself from injury and harm. They started a relationship that is hard to define, are they friends or are they lovers?
10. Love Mime – Independent Film directed by Zhu Yiye. It is both a documentation of Xiao Shu and Xia Tian who are sitting on an open playground and a dramatic re-enactment of their memories. They have experienced similar things, but they have undertaken a different path of self – exploration. The film shows how Xiao Shu and Xia Tian find each other.
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