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A Queer Story
Chinese: 基佬40

George Lam and Jordan Chan

Year: 1997
Director: Shu Kei
Producer: Clifton Ko Chi-Sum
Writer: Shu Kei, Abe Kwong Man-Wai
Cast: George Lam Chi-Cheung, Jordan Chan Siu-Chun, Christine Ng Wing-Mei, Francis Ng Chun-Yu, Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, Shu Qi, Waise Lee Chi-Hung, Alfred Cheung Kin-Ting, Kristy Yeung Kung-Yu, Ivy Leung Si-Man, Joe Cheung Tung-Cho, Dennis Chan Kwok-San, Meg Lam Kin-Ming, Calvin Poon Yuen-Leung
The Skinny: Political correctness masquerading as socially-conscious drama. A noble effort from director Shu Kei, but not a successful one.
by Kozo:

More homosexual angst as Hong Kong’s fascination with alternative lifestyles turns yet another corner. In the past, heterosexual wish fulfillment polluted most films (i.e. He and She), but sensitivity seems to be the current trend (Happy Together and this film). George Lam is Law Kar-Sing, a closeted forty-something gay man whose relationship with openly gay hairdresser Sunny (Jordan Chan) causes all sorts of problems for the shy, quiet Sing. The return of his childhood friend (Christine Ng) only serves to heighten the problem as she’s got some unanswered romantic questions. All this plus “typical” situations depicting homosexuality in HK.

This is a rather responsible but staggeringly PC film about the issue of homosexuality in Hong Kong. The problem with this and many of the current “Feel 100%” genre movies is the awkward need to address hot topics of today in heavy-handed and overt ways. What ultimately detracts from this film is the fact that without all the hot-button discussion, it turns into an unoriginal and muddled romance (unlike Happy Together, which addresses so much more than sexual orientation). There are some interesting moments, but as a whole the film doesn’t amount to much more than lip service. Watch for the frequent cameos that confirm that this film takes place in the same world as director Shu Kei's superior Hu-Du-Men. (Kozo 1997)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
image courtesy of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society
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