Sunday, November 24, 2013

East Palace, West Palace

1996 Chinese Feature
Alternate Titles: Dong gong xi gong / Behind the Forbidden City / Behind the Palace Gates

Cast: Si Han, Jun Hu, Jing Ye and Wei Zhao
Director: Yuan Zhang
Writers: Wang Xiaobo and Yuan Zhang

A young gay writer is arrested in an infamous Beijing gay cruising area by a policeman whose overnight interrogation reveals the writer's life story and unexpected secrets.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 60% / Audience: 60%

  • DVD: Available


  • The first feature film from Mainland China to deal with contemporary gay life.
  • After filming was completed, the Chinese government put director Yuan Zhang under house arrest and confiscated his passport. His friends smuggled the film out of the country for post-production in France so it could be shown at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
  • The title refers to the East Palace and the West Palace, two parks near the Forbidden City notorious for their public washrooms, nighttime cruise spots for Beijing gay men.

OMG Movie #437

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