10 Asian LGBTQ+ Films That Are Tearjerkers

10 Asian LGBTQ+ Films That Are Tearjerkers ...

Dear Ex (2018)

Taiwan was legalized in 2019 and became the first Asian country to accord worldwide LGTBQ+ rights. In addition, Taiwan has released many great films about the marginalized group since the 20th century, one of them being Netflix''s original film Dear Ex (2018).

The film follows a youngster Song Cheng-Xi, who discovers that his father''s life insurance beneficiary is not his mother, but his father''s lover who appears to be a free-spirited man. The film gives viewers different perspectives on the characters'' differences, as well as how each blossoms and withers. It also reveals the dangers of close homosexuality and how it leads to breaking a few hearts despite the best intentions.

Moonlit Winter (2019)

Moonlit Winter (2019) offers a slightly different perspective on the subject, although it is in a much slower but well-paced rendition.

Similar to Dear Ex, the South Korean romance romance focuses on a teen Sae-Bom who discovers her mother''s secret first love with a Japanese lady. In a hopeful attempt to reunite, Sae-Bom convinces her mother to travel to Otaru, Japan, where her unfilled love awaits her in the snowy village to come back.

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Tokyo Godfathers (2003) is a tragicomedy adventure film that follows a group of non-blood-related homeless people who discovers an abandoned baby left in the garbage. The trio attempts to identify the baby''s parents as a surprise given the few clues they have.

Satoshi Kon''s film portrays the black sheep, one of Japan''s most prominent surrealism anime director. However, one of the misfits is a transgender who is not perceived as weak and unassertive. Instead, they are most determined to locate the baby''s parents and challenge the notion of a "family."

Happy Together (1997)

The Chinese title is from an idiom, meaning "evidence of something intimate." In the film, Ho Po-Wing and Lai Yiu-Fai demonstrate that despite their shared raw sexual chemistry, there are mutual suspicions of infidelities that are too expensive for their relationship.

Untiling countless reconciliations and too many "let''s start over again," the bleak romance between the two is enhanced by filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai''s exceptional storytelling abilities and Christopher Doyle''s beautiful cinematography.

A Bride For Rip Van Winkle (2016)

Nanami, a cruel lady who can''t make her own decisions without having access to her tranquil life, is told in A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (2016). Only by meeting "Rip Van Winkle," Amuro, she completes a journey of transformation into a one-to-one roller-coaster experience.

Nanami becomes involved in unusual actions, such as hiring actors to pretend to be her family and friends. She also takes up the job of a housemaid for a Japanese female pornstar who she soon develops a romantic relationship, encapsulating herself in an almost unrealistic state.

Blue Gate Crossing (2002)

Bisexuality is a difficult task to deal with on-screen without capitulating to the image of promiscuity. Blue Gate Crossing, a Taiwanese coming-of-age documentary, examines the continuum of bisexuality with both delicateness and playfulness, which encourages audiences to gain understanding of the community.

Meng Ke-Rou, a high school student who realizes that she might have developed romantic feelings for her female best friend. Gleichzeitig, she is also distressed by her desire for a youngster to continue walking himself in order for Ke-Rou to remember him. Who is the winner in the final outcome?

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy (2013)

Don''t be fooled by the utterly cheerful title as this coming-of-age drama becomes very gloomy. The Thai dark comedy is created from a compilation of 410 real Tweets from an anonymous girl, focusing on Mary and her best friend Suri, who was attempting to create a yearbook for their fictional high school.

The film often combines fantasy elements and pop culture references to reveal the girls'' high school life. In a tale about the struggle of growing up, hopeless romantics grapple with life''s obscurities with a blurb of thought and awkwardness.

Close-Knit (2017)

One of the few films that make boob-touching extremely enjoyable and beneficial. When confronted with her abusive mother, Tomo meets momentarily with her uncle and his transgender girlfriend Rinko. The caring Rinko with an uncanny sense of humor reassures Tomo as she strives to be more cognizant of LGBTQ+ issues in Japan.

Rinko is seen ostracized from a young age due to her revelation that she is a woman from the bottom of her heart. What makes her confident in remaining true to her identity lies in having a parent who encourages and supports who she wants to be.

Intimates (1997)

Intimates (1997) is a series of two short stories, one set in the 1940s and the other in the 1990s. The latter focuses on Wan and Foon, who hid their secret love relationship while being separated amidst Japan''s invasion of Hong Kong. The other storyline focuses on Wan''s much older sister as she travels Hong Kong in search of her long-lost love.

The film focuses on women''s rights in the 1940s as well as focuses on the "Comb Sisters," ladies who styled their hair, emulating married women with the intention to stay single for their whole life.

Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Cheng Die-Yi and Duan Xiao-Lou are a shady relationship between two Peking opera singers, both trampled with ambiguity and madness, and Duan marries a female courtesan as a result of the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution in China.

Farewell My Concubine examines identity identity''s disparity, resulting in Cheng''s unrequited love for Duan since his parents, as well as their respective roles in the Peking Opera troupe.

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