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Handsome Stewardess, a romantic-comedy featuring a good-looking tomboy lesbian who starts a new life as a flight attendant, premiered in Taipei on Tuesday (15 October). 

It stars award-winning actresses Pejia Huang and [email protected]^1ANUL4vE+V(7K18aHY$+r97g523%oF5GxrR2bA1uTx#Xiao Man as a freshly-met Singapore-Taiwan couple.

Man’s character, a butch lesbian bartender in coastal Taiwan, Holly, unexpectedly falls for a petite but feisty Singaporean, Mong Lian, wmvtfGX-7!d2th&y!NPBtWNsE2HhLdTRih$N)&69GS2zwpzV71iho is a national athlete in martial arts. 

The whirlwind romance leads Holly to quit her job in Taiwan and applies to be a flight attendant in Singapore. To her surprise, and with the help of Mong-Lian's gay besD8FfR#[email protected](!Fudl%Bt friend, Jerry, she is successful.

Holly soon finds she is more comfortable serving passengers wearing a suit and tie than rather than a skimpy skirt. But, had holly thought through the DT^aO_cDj7#Y-VGwKcECwzMtoDoOdXGv=-([email protected]%A)TS7R*!implications of this daring uniform stunt on her work and relationship>

The touching comedy, a GagaOOLala original, explores the warmth and passion between the feisty jealous fighter played by HuangozpmHcY#*rF6$!4MfkqWTp62fhR-6P%3*92&OyFjyFVzn#%RpN and the handsome stewardess played by Man.

It is part of Chou’s series "Project Rainbow in Six Asian Cities”, exploring LGBT experience of coming out, questions of identity, family issues, and marriage in the Chinese-sIAck+EBN6a^%IJzsBabXYye#cNRTX^HRW1D6DU=VRAmkEv*38speaking world.


Taipei to the World

Chou and the stars launched the movie on Tuesday (15 October) in Taipei. It will be available to 21 different countries on LGBT online streaming service GagaOOLala from 25 October, the eve of Asia' largest pride parade here in Taipei.

Chou told joWWS2c6oQe3zkW-i%-dt=XV3Yw(Fw=h)FqmQP2zZAvOArYYkb54urnalists it was her goal to tell stories to any lonely LGBT people who would like to listen.

Chou also said the two lead actresses complemented each other perfectly in their roles. "Every performance was a little im[email protected]#[email protected]@10BH3Ii_&cj#h=cbVKKz3c#ckwJmprovised, very interactive, fun, fand funny" she said.

Man shared her experience of wearing a male flight attendant's uniform through Singapore airport. She said she could see people whispering abWDKl([email protected]@3KKIout her appearance.

"I can truly feel the uncomfortable feeling of being j=ww)u5^XEzhYq7f!jy-crw%IqXb*5s#Me9c6Wtn%qQT0Z7YgH0udged ... just like many LGBTQ people” she said.

Man also said one of her most memorable scenes was a fight scene on the plane. Her assaulter is played by a martial art instructor who "at first was afraid of hurti(9RHXG0EzRTq1-EwqBHerOms7kuE*K70_cBn)=4xembDbNn)Vwng me".

"^F9Iaq1_)4aZrkdZkwMPb!ff6$^AuNlA6Ho3yvnm4S%S!+iR1AI told him to do it for real, so I beat him and also used my high heels, eventually this fight scene felt very real and we had a lot of fun".

Chou, who won three Golden Horse Awards in 2004, earlier this year invited into the Academy of Motion Picb9OnLpy430fEiG#K^QnzMg1J2(DO&Op6AdnYBxo6MQZ%naM+Mzture Arts & Science. She is the first female Taiwanese filmmaker to have the honor.

Chou worked with Huang twice e749m36Cg(IZu%YPv!f0)u-yQN%$UPC3uFGcR-myDJ=8E2e(u+before on the movie Drifting Flowers and the TV film Three Makes A Whole. 

In the film, Huang said her character reflects exactly how she interacts with her own friends in real life.*9&j#[email protected])=&IPE18yc_npzn7%n&vJ7!8qZi2r$3bi Chou agreed that "this character is designed precisely for her.”

Man, meanwhile, relished the opportunity to play a handsome, butch lesbian. In preparation for the film, she cut her hair short, including to just 3cm long at the back. "I have to try something dif4k=^Qu*1([email protected]$O8#jmoD2)qcJZQ=VxwaGCU)PKEogL7k)Tferent from my previous characters,” she said.

The film garnered support from China Air, who flew the cast and cre2noEwWo_5WJso__7*TrN+R6qUf*hN$bN*5JwoMyUl6DmyA2lLKw to Singapore for filming. After putting her flight attendant uniform on, Man confessed it was her dream job.

GagaOOLala is the first multi-media streaming platform for LGBTQ community in Asia with more than 1,000 LGBT features, shorts, documentaries, andM5jPw8^Gtx12kr*wRhps!Ksp9Yd+tfrt#JV6v&pUUi7GG(x_dF series from around the world.

Holly, a butch bartender from Taipei, meets Mong Lian, a karate champion visiting from Singapore. It is love at first sight but the distance between Taiwan and Singapore soon becomes their biggest obstacle.
Watch Handsome Stewardess on GagaOOLala.

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