- East Palace, West Palace
East Palace, West Palace Traditional 東宮西宮 Simplified 东宫西宫 Mandarin Dōng Gōng Xī Gōng Directed by Zhang Yuan Produced by Christophe Jung
Written by Wang Xiaobo
Starring Si Han
Music by Xiang Min Cinematography Zhang Jian Editing by Vincent Lévy Distributed by International:
Release date(s) Mar del Plata:
May 9, 1997
July 24, 1998
Running time 94 minutes Country China Language Mandarin
East Palace, West Palace is the first Mainland Chinese movie with an explicitly homosexual theme. The title of the movie derives from the two parks near the Forbidden City - the East Palace and the West Palace. The two parks, specifically their public washrooms, are notorious for being places of congregation for the homosexuals in Beijing during the night.
The film was shot in the spring of 1996, when it was smuggled out of China for post-production in France. It premiered at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in Argentina in November 1996 and at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Un Certain Regard competition.
- Si Han as A-Lan, the young gay man picked up by the police one night in Beijing.
- Hu Jun as Xiao Shi, the conflicted police officer who conducts A-Lan's interrogation.
- ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence. "Movies - East Palace, West Palace (1997)". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/154960/East-Palace-West-Palace/overview. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- ^ Spencer, Charles (20 February 2009). "An erotic relationship of convenience". The Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4710358/An-erotic-relationship-of-convenience.html.
- ^ Elley, Derek (1997-05-18). "East Palace, West Palace Review". Variety. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117329796.html. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- ^ "Festival de Cannes: East Palace, West Palace". festival-cannes.com. http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/4830/year/1997.html. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
- ^ Elley, Derek (1997-05-18). "East Palace, West Palace Review". Variety. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117329796.html. Retrieved 2008-10-24. and IMDB.com article on release dates.
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Films directed by Zhang Yuan 1990s 2000s DocumentariesThe Square (1994) • Demolition and Relocation (1998) • Crazy English (1999) • Miss Jing Xing (2000) • Cinema of China
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