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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 HuaJifbp9BpgI0qk4Q_q191c95D9Q9#*w*NL2bmFEc7wICjjF)Y6-ng 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 feisE0mw*qT9DO)Ej3D&)oX_prXcZD9+Z*B*U4URQC+#_b#eNJqVv-ty Singaporean, Mong Lian, who is a national athlete in martial arts. 

The whirlwind romance leads Holly to quit her ^[email protected]*4^NxcpH$abN-dUVL^+upG%[email protected]job in Taiwan and applies to be a flight attendant in Singapore. To her surprise, and with the help of Mong-Lian's gay best friend, Jerry, she is successful.

Holly soon fFOSI(zQMdFHxI+4PJn)[email protected]&#oIH+HNQKei74B(3inds she is more comfortable serving passengers wearing a suit and tie than rather than a skimpy skirt. But, had holly thought through the implications of this daring uniform stunt on her work and relationship>

The touching comedy, a GagaOOLala original[email protected]=9DMGJl-*R+MciynHvwSj9N, 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 experience of coming out, questions ofUYqHLyYpiAKUQH8l0zl+S)^23921xbMxEZK#lI-Zb0h7PLV2R! 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 j^jdU!YR2gsJ8NIH2T)6YnXCYn!!N!W3WI27([email protected]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 improvised, very interactive, f[email protected]@IlrjB)DA8PpZ+uQ8OtfOz^g(RC$P1qIcJRoZ$ufOVun, 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 about heroXOV([email protected])Z&Up+XjpPq0RLf56jvphShg53z-*5YPAH5G( appearance.

"I can truly feex%TtA*D^+Z!FC&*rS(b18GH%NHn5-vcpUq6Bhn+d)ey9E^NLz_l the uncomfortable feeling of being judged ... 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 afraid57#507kum&W_SF&6eF([email protected]@3I0_^%[email protected] of hurting me".

"I tolGgKRrt(^c=hP)[email protected]&UKEjvMN=%71ywd 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, earhq&T45kDpfSfONZ-l=Go1!V9%CGShilsRJd1iN*)qcWN2)9fc6lier this year invited into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science. She is the first female Taiwanese filmmaker to have the honor.

Chou worked with Huang twice before on the movie Drifting Flowers and the TV film ZTrH6WZ&GX59Hv^[email protected]^PEyVIbL6Three Makes A Whole. 

In the film, Huang said her character reflects VmLs$^7XG=p4dHa&Fdto#^Cjbjz87QoOryLVa5Jb^^Hqxm#SmZexactly how she interacts with her own friends in real life. 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 differentojrP(y#68vBYBzIyS!zgl$BaD-29)DaUeIGUBBA6m$l)TQS=$) 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, Man confesse[email protected]_KIzn41R08_eEPP5uaR_MERw%=*[email protected]%d it was her dream job.

GagaOOLala is the first multi-media streaming platform for LGBTQ co7T)6G)Wpkd-nonpdJ58^TbEoxVZv^gBVt8J3P-HO(MVhFkEDoCmmunity in Asia with more than 1,000 LGBT features, shorts, documentaries, and series from around the world.

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