A Queer Story (1997)
A relationship of eight years, between a younger, “out” hairdresser and his older, closeted counselor lover is on the rocks. The counselor’s lesbian aunt is beginning to confront
the hostility that kept her estranged from her son after she went to live with her girlfriend. The son is, you guessed it, now a raging homophobe graduating from college. The older gay man’s high school girlfriend is putting pressure on him to finally marry her — even though she suspects that he is gay.
Kafka is straight while Daniel happens to be gay. The young men fall in love, believing that their love can bridge anything, despite their difference in sexuality and Kafka’s drug-taking. Daniel does not regret his love for Kafka, who tries to love him back against his nature. But a flashback memory from Kafka’s past makes it difficult for their relationship to work. It turns out that their addiction to love proves morefatal than the drugs they use to explore the boundaries of their friendship.
The film follows Flavia (Josie Ho), a married high school teacher, who meets a beautiful free-spirited female singer-songwriter named Yip (Tian Yuan) and strikes up a relationship with the younger girl. Flavia is a closeted lesbian because she was brought up in a society where homosexuality was not accepted. When Flavia was a teenager, she fell in love with a girl in her class, but was forced to end the relationship when it was discovered by her parents. Heartbroken, she eventually married a competent and caring businessman after graduating from university. Now in her 30s and married with a child, she meets Yip. Flavia is deeply attracted to Yip’s carefree personality and bright spirit, and falls for Yip in the same way she fell for her first love in high school. She slowly dares to break out while worried about the consequences but at the same time, hopeful about finding her true self again.
Jet is a male hustler who approaches his job with the demeanor and style of a professional. All that is thrown out the window when he falls for Sam, a seemingly straight cop with a beautiful girlfriend. Enchanted by Sam’s beauty and quiet grace, he draws closer to him. He doesn’t mean to deceive Sam about his sexuality but he’s powerless to walk away from him. Little does he know that Sam has secrets of his own, which involve Jet’s colleague Ching as well as a teen-idol pop star named K.S.
Counter Attack Falling In Love With A Rival (2015)
The drama tells the story of “how a poor loser become successful and finally fall in love with the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend”.
Stephanie Note: The storyline will give you a WTF? And frankly, you can tell that you are missing A LOT that was cut out of the book. There are some things that just don’t make sense. And after a while you kind of think the ‘poor loser’ is an asshole for leading the guy on, but I’ll admit, it’s a guilty pleasure for me.
Counter Attack Falling In Love With A Rival 2 (2015)
Season 2 picks up where season 1 left off and continues the love story of Chi Cheng and Wu Suowei. Based on the popular online novel “Counter Attack”, that spans 79 volumes.
Stephanie Note: While season 1 was super problematic, man, I can’t wait to see season 2. Maybe they will fix it all. Stephanie’s second note: With the Chinese crackdown, and, you know, almost 4 years later, I’m guessing we’re not going to have a sequel.
For Love, We Can (2014)
Jun is a reckless, rebellious young man. His coming out enraged his father, with his mother stuck in the middle. Even after his father’s death they are still unable to reconcile and the two barely communicate. Knowing that being gay is not accepted by his mother, there is a wall between the two even though they live under the same roof. Michael is an honest, stable young man who works in a bank. He distastes his parents’ indulgence in their work and business dealings in China. When Michael met Jun, two lonely souls fell deeply in love, oblivious to the wide open eyes of people around them. Jun’s mother disapproves their relationship, while reluctantly she had to accept it. Because of Michael’s positive energy, the relationship between mother and son gradually defrosts. One day, Jun’s ex-boyfriend revealed to him a secret, which overturned the world of Jun. And now Jun and Michael have to face the most difficult test in their relationship while Han is also going through her struggles.
Stephanie Note: Seen it, and it’s cute, hopeful and a little sad.
Han Zi Gao (The Male Concubine) (2016)
A BL story, Han Zi Gao turns into a concubine, but he has to become more to keep his place by his master.
Happy Together (1997)
Ho Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung) and Lai Yiu-fai (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), a couple from pre-handover Hong Kong, visit Argentina hoping to renew their ailing relationship. The two have a pattern of abuse, followed by break-ups and reconciliations. One of their goals in Argentina is to visit the Iguazu waterfalls, which serves as a leitmotif in the movie.
I Am Not What You Want (2001)
University student Rick was kicked out of his home because of his homosexuality, and takes refuge in the home of his friend Mark. Living under the same roof, these youths realize they have more in common than they thought. But will it lead to heartwarming or heartbreak? Mark in his heart is gay too, but he has not yet come out to anyone, including his girlfriend Mabel. The movie focuses on the process of Mark’s trying to face his sexual orientation.
Movie – Gay – Main Storyline
I Got To School Not By Bus (2012)
A coming out of age story of 2 secondary school students who study in a Christian school. Ming, is in closet and Hei is openly gay, “I go to school not by bus” is a story of self-discovery, struggle thru love, loneliness, religion in the no-regret-rebellious-moment.
Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/sad ending
Stephanie Note: Not together in the end. Spoiler. There. I saved you.
Lan Yu (2001)
The movie, which was directed by internationally acclaimed director Stanley Kwan, tells a romantic and tragic love story of two men. The story is set in Beijing in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and makes vivid reference to the Tiananmen Square massacre. The film can be counted as a mainland-made movie as most of the crew are from mainland China.
In the movie, Lan Yu (Liu Ye), an architecture student in desperate need of money, finds himself in the bed of successful businessman Chen Handong (Hu Jun). While Lan Yu falls in love, Chen tries his best to avoid emotional attachment, showering Lan Yu with expensive gifts and even getting married. However, as the years go by, Chen soon realizes that he cannot live without Lan Yu.
Ossan’s Love (2021)
Tin Yat Hung, a single guy, has been unsuccessful in getting a girlfriend. One day, he discovers that his boss, KK, secretly collects photos of him and he soon learns that KK is in love with him. Unsettled by KK’s bold confession and romantic pursuit, Tin Yat Hung seeks advice from his friends and discovers that his male coworker, Siu Muk, is also in love with him. Caught in a love triangle, Yat Hung navigates through his feelings for his two love interests.
Series/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending
Permanent Residence (2009)
Ivan (Sean Li) is an IT professional who works hard and has no time for dating. The young man is forced to come face-to-face with his sexuality when Josh (Jackie Chow) from Israel asks if he is gay during a television talk show in which the two are guest speakers and a life-long friendship begins.
Over the years, Owen’s life has been mired in mourning his brother, in pain unable to extricate himself. Until one day, in their business Yuwen Entertainment Company when he encounters the lonely courier, Bare. Bare is not only cute, but he also resembles Owen’s brother. His heart can’t help but to fall in love with him, he’ll keep getting over protective over Bare and do his best to make him happy. Meanwhile, Bare meets a security guard of a building who is also a loner like him, who also keeps protecting him but never stays for too long. The world is filled with billions of people, can all those hearts be filled with love instead of loneliness?
This visually stunning erotic drama follows a young man who finds himself unexpectedly attracted to his handsome, outspoken male professor. Despite — or perhaps because of — his conservative upbringing, Hins is intent on getting close enough to Ming to understand him. It’s an experience that transforms his life and comes to define his adult identity.
Movie/Gay/(Looking at the pics online might be a little porny)
Thirty Years of Adonis (2018)
A 30-year-old man dreams of becoming a famous star, but ends up falling into a lustful trap that submerges him into a world of hedonism. In the end, this experience makes him reflect on his own existence.