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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-m8Hr8AA34K3RbqbkgDwBtBokSDhdoaLHJixUj#[email protected]winning actresses Pejia Huang and 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, Mou+*6Fi13hDNv_pCtA9hvUf&2jOv%P#m9$Q6ciDst3([email protected]%8ng Lian, who 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-Ls&3a6GJrqrXrCwogoE7$&+%Rrd-rTCgFn=([email protected]*d_t#wian's gay best 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 [email protected](ov12jeyFAVb_x!uVFyhGjfdEXYVj^@!MdJ6#Htxt6hwhholly thought through the implications of this daring uniform stunt on her work and relationship>

The to0pdkiEp%Q%[email protected]*WR&8xOQqepDzWIAw#&&oS%)70J0Fzuching comedy, a GagaOOLala original, explores the warmth and passion between the feisty jealous fighter played by Huang and the handsome stewardess played by Man.

It is part of Chou’s series "Project Rainbow in Six Asian Cities”, exploring LGBT exp6N4KSMx5f2HzVwQV^%o06umkh&rlkNra!ZbTAgWxWYc74Qt68Qerience of coming out, questions of identity, family issues, and marriage in the Chinese-speaking 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 journalists it was her goal to tell stories to any lo@3RzSKa_0AN^wkwR%t*[email protected]*eFd_DB7o7erWVXhEnely 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 improvised, very inte[email protected]@B14kfqB!)h1cY)PnsR5UumkN*G1Aractive, fun, fand funny" she said.

Man shared herltfSkoKKx8(Aly(g&(wu9XIq#1j8#fO(3HIz=-Qic!SxMb$5VP experience of wearing a male flight attendant's uniform through Singapore airport. She said she could see people whispering about her appearance.

"IT[email protected]*B6S+*qc%[email protected]#6Qy)wDyK=O can truly feel the uncomfortable feeling of being judged ... just like many LGBTQ people” she said.

Man also said one of her most memDid6#4yDDtRn*uMwlgi(mhk%tr7wdd2z=c^EWf1+on1wwl-u=0orable scenes was a fight scene on the plane. Her assaulter is played by a martial art instructor who "at first was afraid of hurting me".

"I told him to do it for real, so I beat him and also used my high heels, eventually this fight scene felt vL4aCV8UM5MMwVQPwOUA8B%HG2IxMZ0OSoPpHi_&A3QO1#)nmsjery 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 P&K8U=SUmxd2%cK40x&_oTz-N))ks&02eWV_gXDn^PIZ1naW0#micture Arts & Science. She is the first female Taiwanese filmmaker to have the honor.

Chou worked with Huang twice before on txv_+#[email protected]#BS!a6he 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 lifL3wUk0%aqVRVxImmXSvF52B7o_yR%fohWgjGJ9JWq+as2$TqYNe. Chou agreed that "this character is designed precisely for her.”

Man, meanwhile, relished the opportunity to play a handsome, butch lesbia$OTO31iSAw0TRX!6ccw^oxG-)^0G=Ef95QaUK=EJGT4(GJ5Xghn. In preparation for the film, she cut her hair short, including to just 3cm long at the back. "I have to try something different from my previous characters,” she said.

The film garnered support from China Air, who flew the cast and crew to Singapore for filming. After putting her flight attendant uniform on, 3+HOVnnxeB8%oS$__yTa)[email protected]_RMJXSXY=zvV!oet3aMan 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, documenxU27V*Mqj0bBU_!Nv9AH68W5ehmo%!fGyvc*m4)K=nG#000Jyltaries, and series from around the world.

"Drinking Buddies" invites LGBTQ members of different sexes and gender identities as well as LGBT allies to play "Drunk Bingo X Truth or Dare" with the rules: "answer the question or take a shot of vodka." The show aims to showcase the true definition of love and the diverse relationships among the rainbow families. Love will not change simply because of one's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Watch Drinking Buddies Season 2 now on GagaOOLala.

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