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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 awar^0AW2tvwojZqi)IsFHKzTRSJwsm&)@CZ7jXjwXBMls^7*^P6Lxd-winning actresses Pejia Huang and Xiao Man as a freshly-met Singapore-Taiwan couple.

Man’s character, a butch lesbian bartender in cs7bDJ_&0IuIWG_9tSs0RfwH#DN)xFVx([email protected]+(Z(o%YvG^p(oastal Taiwan, Holly, unexpectedly falls for a petite but feisty Singaporean, Mong Lian, who is a national athlete in martial arts. 

The whirlwind romance leads Holly to quit her job in Taiwan and appl+=+A4oLXiD-3wswH=%=iFu2P#V2g_Nv2ZIWJzvpkf-7fH*4U^Jies 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 finds she is more comfortable serving passengers wearing a suit and tie than rather than a skimpy skirt. But, had holly thought through the implicat85S#gsyxKTG3QciUY7W647G=rbGOO!)AyMPs4yqq7gN3J_FDgDions of this daring uniform stunt on her work and relationship>

The touching comedy, a GagaOOLala original, explores the warmth arYXC65mgWEEtSU^&x-+Le$02xzr(^DzVEI3xCCmw6QKRQWH^QJnd 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 Cit$X3l81PvR^%FzUgs!4Pz^I!SctPdG(si%0Cbq(7Xgnqo3s!FQGies”, exploring LGBT experience 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 iQJAPRIy=TVPGADUKxf+ii^Tqlk^4rM=&EzzckAFIOvJ^!%KzU8t 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 iaoixohLDm)%^J)UfK([email protected]#TK_-Pnm$wUDeyk9Nh)Dj(c4t8n their roles. "Every performance was a little improvised, very interactive, fun, fand funny" she said.

Man shared her experience of wearing a male flight attendant's uniform throughBGV)yWg!hfl_fgoI1ohAlR8$&N93s+1%P9iGY)5a7a&DvbV6L4 Singapore airport. She said she could see people whispering about her appearance.

"I can truly feel the uncomfortable feeling of being judged ... just like man[email protected](@KU=Ez40h-dN2h3OeDPOYfGkqy1+1mol^By LGBTQ people” she said.

Man also said on3y)4aeTY)$ViJzKSV3rFYV_kZDo7CmE3GCI$yXPyT-*LP!2*cke 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 hurting me".

"I told him[email protected]!qN4J-U=**3d1q5Z-aRhpq%85YSGC9OsDNDk^r 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 MotionKG0_$i9gU0gqj_qa(CN4t-Xgp6%[email protected](1F 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 Three Makes A WMn19%fEw$mPwQm-)hMl6Ilyc(0OmukLk4m!RF1PSE_%4mr_e-2hole. 

In the film, Huang said 76Frx6d*fR+4FP2Ap980l$2NP*Btli-MOxJu0uVG6c)w9J(*wnher character reflects exactly 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 preparati[email protected]on 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, Man confessed it was her dream J+UQ4-XHM+x5Y(ac1lj4tlYx(t4N$QSc4_b%[email protected]%!z%m%PmuDjob.

GagaOOLala is the first 6*=c%vLs8&zG*!wxj&8JSdi0qWV$Lf-nWHbHXTCcNEV*!t5=^Kmulti-media streaming platform for LGBTQ community in Asia with more than 1,000 LGBT features, shorts, documentaries, and series from around the world.

Yi-min lives alone with her son, as her husband works away from home. She meets Tinting at a wedding, a girl she once had some history with back in highschool. Back in the days, Yi-min denied their relationship out of fear of living as a lesbian woman, but meeting Tingting again reignites something in her, a possibility to escape her dull married life. Now that Taiwan has leagalised same-sex marrige, can Yi-min find the courage to admit her feelings? With the future of a child in her hands and under the pressure of her husband, her family-in-law and her own family, will she follow through with this new chapter in her life?