East Palace West Palace (Dong gong xi gong) (Behind the Forbidden City) (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

East Palace West Palace (Dong gong xi gong) (Behind the Forbidden City) (1998)

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The title is Chinese slang for the bathrooms located at Tiannamen Square, favorite haunts of Beijing gays. Primarily a psychological drama, it centers on a verbal cat and mouse game played between a gay writer and the straight policeman who arrests and interrogates him.

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Cast

Jun Hu
as Xiao Shi
Si Han
as A Lan
Liu Yuxiao
as Female Thief
Ma Wen
as Yamen Runner
Quan An Wang
as A-Lan, as a Boy
Ye Jing
as A-Lan, as a Youth
Wei Zhao
as Streetcar
Lu Rong
as A-Lan's Mother
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Critic Reviews for East Palace West Palace (Dong gong xi gong) (Behind the Forbidden City)

All Critics (5)

Though too verbose and static, it's the first film to deal explicitly with gay life in China, and as such adds a panel to the growing body of movies about sexual politics in rigid societies.

July 2, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

Sua inegável relevância política e social (especialmente à época de seu lançamento) infelizmente não se traduz em qualidade narrativa.

April 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
Cinema em Cena

Feels like a stage play with two characters in a single room, but the way the story delicately unfolds keeps us gripped.

July 11, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Shadows on the Wall

[Has] a sophistication and haunting complexity that would be the pride of any open Western auteur.

October 30, 2001 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

The Chinese authorities were not pleased with this work, supposedly the first openly gay film to come out of Red China.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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