IT’S RAINING LESBIANS IN TAIWAN, APPARENTLY
There’s a new lesbian film generating some interest in Taiwan. Candy Rain, directed by Chen Hung-i and starring Karena Lam, Cyndi Wang, Josephine Hsu, Jozie Lu, Grace Chen, Belle Hsin, Sandrine Pinna, Waa, Niki Wu and Kao Yi-ling (whew!) is comprised of four vignettes about young queer women in Taipei.
We’ll review the movie when it becomes available to us, but in the meantime, you can read Variety‘s review, which describes it as "the kind of lesbian drama that Taiwan is quickly becoming known for with the unhurried pace and aimless narrative that defines many of Zero Chou’s (Spider Lilies) films,"or the Hollywood Reporter‘s, which summarizes it as "another well-executed but far from cutting-edge lesbian drama from Taiwan."
Um, they say that like it’s a bad thing! I’d love the day to come when we’re swimming in so many good lesbian movies that we can complain about them not being "cutting-edge" enough, but I don’t think we’re quite there yet. (Speaking of Spider Lilies, that movie comes out on DVD in the U.S. on May 6.)
JAPANESE FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
AE readers Emis and KC tipped us off to the lesbian subplot in the new drama Last Friends that debuted in Japan on April 10. According to KC: "It’s a show about a lesbian character coming to terms with her feelings for her best friend. She has short hair and is very cool and sometimes aggressive (she stands up for herself). I don’t know what the story will be like but it is in my opinion, very bold for Japanese prime-time TV to feature a lesbian kiss in the last scene in the first episode!"
But where are their matching fanny packs? (How do you say "fanny pack" in Japanese?)
Here’s the big kiss scene:
Emis notes that in Tokyo, where she lives, "Lesbians are just invisible, not
like gay men, who recently became popular in TV programs. The DVD of The L Word was released this year, but it’s introduced as an ‘L.A.-based fashionable, stylish drama, showing struggle for love and
life.’ The fact that the characters are all lesbian is not the focus; it’s like, ‘BTW, they are lesbians.’"
But since the cast of Last Friends is full of popular young actors,
including the one who plays the lesbian, this new drama may have a bigger impact.
Maybe it’s just a translation issue, but the name of the show sounds a little dire to me. Reminds me of The Last Unicorn, actually, and that movie freaked me the hell out as a kid!
Keep tabs on the show and discuss it with other Japanese AE readers here.