Bishonen (1998)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Original title:  Mei Shao Nian Zhi Lian

Alternate title:  Beauty

Hong Kong, 1998.  Far Sun Film Company Ltd..  Screenplay by Yonfan.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Film Editing by .  

Empty-headed drama about a pretty-boy hustler suffering through a relationship with an uncommitted celebrity. He preens, he mopes, then we watch as his friends preen and mope about their crappy relationships.

The film was reportedly based on a scandal that exploded in Hong Kong when it came out that many members of the city’s police force were posing for homoerotic photographs, but this is only a peripheral storyline that is dealt with in a couple of scenes.

The photography is pretty (director Yonfan is also a visual artist), and so are the boys, but the repetitive music and airheaded drama is trite.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1998



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