This week, our bookshelf takes a look at LGBTQ experiences in Southeast Asia; including a new release on queer sexuality in Thai cinema.
The Rainbow Film Festival is thrilled to present a Special Sneak Preview of a new LGBT feature film. HRFF25 alum writer-director Josh Kim (Draft Day) makes his feature film debut with a film that The Hollywood Reporter says, “signals the arrival of a talented and observant artist making killer moves in coaxing the best out of his material and actors.”
Alice, a 30-year-old Filipino trans woman, flew to Korea to chase after her boyfriend who she discovers is now living with his new girlfriend. Joon, a 25-year-old Korean musician, is pressured by his traditional parents to find a more stable job and girlfriend. At a bridge in the middle of Seoul, the two brokenhearted souls fatedly cross paths.
The Muay Thai scene in Thailand was set abuzz in the 90s when transvestite warrior Nong Toom (Asanee Suwan) took to the stage and battled it out with other gladiators, while at the same time battled the prejudice he faced because he was different
This refreshing and sweet coming-of-age story delights in the thrill of first love and pre- adolescent passion.