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 PewHGlgkBRpTY&vNUzG8#F1o0eu_MY3EsIgzcU89=+aPV^mV4lVXjia Huang and Xiao Man as a freshly-met Singapore-Taiwan couple.
Man’s character, a butch lesbian bartej6T)XaKXXLMNr8g$NgsetG-N3iQW7VUfYgQG$FpxO^IQC5*o-pnder in coastal 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 applies to be a flight attendant in Singapore. To her surprise, and with the help of Mong-Lian's gay best friend, Jerry, sh[email protected])xXwCyliG^Y&QHVhEJXjOmn9W&WSUyLSSA^cPFe is successful.
Holly soon findlYJmA#2h*hO+xCPB5y3#*b*zxj4-xQ*&*M&qMIB*SIb5%nU^sDs 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, explores the warmth and passion between the feisty jealous fighter played by HuaLGebO)JWih-^LSpsB*JLwIZzQA6=EG84NgEdL^gFy&t-NNa73Dng and the handsome stewardess played by Man.
It is part of Chou’s series "Project Rainbow im*[email protected]=wym4Gnj2!lLM1^2=jIU^1mJkdn Six Asian Cities”, 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 it was her goal to tell stories to any lonely LGBT people who would l4^4FBt5Ys7SdEpjY)@Y5Ec)j6me=uS4JnroR0b*4=FwwLE1Eike to listen.
Chou also said the two lead actresses complemented each other perfectly in their ^h%l%^$ojVxFFeGa9Q68DAkNc#SrO*-pOzf(yKpyo9GDFOwMbnroles. "Every performance was a little improvised, very interactive, fun, fand funny" she said.
Man shared her experience of wearing a male flight attendant's uniform through Singapore airport. She said she could)U%49DEF%@==!_$MS2%#@jp&m%H)0bkAjEqeC(N#CeUR7VKivN see people whispering about her appearance.
"I can truly feel the *RVMY8lH2Zk5%wL0#Ub+hPGhl7&oT(9EbTvorPT8_Te6XS_)V=uncomfortable feeling of being judged ... just like many LGBTQ people” she said.
Man also said one[email protected]!2Gpxt*[email protected]%dx99nfIRH#)Q)Z1u7dQn(keS6e 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 to do it for real, so I[email protected]#lHZ=^HA9)A7X6d07iEb 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 Picture Arts & Science. She is the firs!9k8sb!=4i^u!r$S+Zec19BEgzWBaJY&AkR3&aZt9(Jp#kQBaUt female Taiwanese filmmaker to have the honor.
Chou w*n-K(k02U^&DcLFaf!BA&=bR51nC!Hirxd-YwC^LGzVq_zk!^2orked with Huang twice before on the movie Drifting Flowers and the TV film Three Makes A Whole.
In the film, Huang said her character reflects exactly how she interacts with her own friends in realtM6)hH6mc5YnFTQrJ6E7wkt%-wwELuCoG8UWdQa5fg)90YzIG! life. Chou agreed that "this character is designed precisely for her.”
Man, meanwhile, relished the opportunity to play a handsome, butch lesbian. In preparation for the film, she cut her hair short, including to just 3cm long at the back. "I have to try @[email protected]*[email protected](SUn*tVOq48FqFwdT(YAy&$H_5i4^lAOE2cDsomething 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 flighgU_ARBPSpYSwjY%#(Fdg5$kb*pYxKCCwPzNVHsm9ONqu7IrQpyt attendant uniform on, Man confessed it was her dream job.
GagaOOLala is thtkZ&b!)2V1Hu!0nc-N8vkZ7RaCTnLrtY)18v-lSxIu1(L_NU5ye first multi-media streaming platform for LGBTQ community in Asia with more than 1,000 LGBT features, shorts, documentaries, and series from around the world.