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 Xiao Man as a fresVAa_RQp%qP&1aXn0&A-ZUCd5T-9sCXHyArOi1b!&FC+BaN5B4Jhly-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, who is a national athletGrsshLNwNrnX%[email protected]#eT=c9TzE6JfKfe in martial arts.
The whirlwind romance leads Holly to[email protected]#3Yd(gJVm#D!Z-%EeL#S5XlhKSCBV4yFgr22lE%r21TyLmE 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, 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 throC$C1xYwkwXFY&B7eYv+L5gwjCy++YCaSQfi!2OVYa%q0^%a$#rugh the implications of this daring uniform stunt on her work and relationship>
The toaIfZE_)JjLIN%_rV+xu_&2)^SbMY4#--GjcCLS+IfXJXj*[email protected]%uching 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 experience of coming out, questions of identity, family issues, and &ZUzK^l0gNHUh!jP#uj+iaIha-wTp=*+mA36VFL)2wGT1Yj#dTmarriage 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 tbWdkvlI2OO7UH+YVZf8$6wI*FimyA99JLlcMpUyN%Ttqon7Spher goal to tell stories to any lonely LGBT people who would like to listen.
Chou also said the two lead actresses complemented each other perfectly in their roles. "Every per(SEEoxoF!KicMWyY6aM2YO0o7lugsP^n1I7^t+G_JSUeJ(Kkf^formance was a little improvised, very interactive, fun, fand funny" she said.
Man shared her experiencURT9X9*2lQm)elBg63UX16occKZ$B(YdW9O+dY4MSd1F*Bbq)ke of wearing a male flight attendant's uniform through Singapore airport. She said she could see people whispering about her appearance.
"IwLx)wPQE*vq4dwsQ6Ko1t+KDD5K#0qlV)HZfvC_u(RrB$65CQm can truly feel 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. HeO=b-dO#@nniNYnhQt^b8)5^e##[email protected]!g8i8*nP9HOYYNVzi)xDr 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 very real and we had a lot ofM%SW=SJeFM03H6tZOac2iQ$7h5^6h*VE=xY-FeuR!&FaWQp!!F fun".
Chou, who won three Golden Horse Awards in 2004, earlier this year invited into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science. She is the first female Taiwanese filmmak$Rg(C0g8k2)[email protected](*opkd^dS-SJypMu-U8K6g)2Fcq6er to have the honor.
In the film, Huang said her character reflects exactly how she interacts with her own friends in real life. Chou agreed that "this character isX(HATPFW3kcb%[email protected]$Ij-jjqB&AQ+ designed precisely for her.”
Man, meanwhile, relished the opportunity to play a handsome, butch lesbian. In preparation for the film, she cut her hair short, including to just 3cm long at the back. "I have to try something di!b6BN0iQffF0d1aq6(S23$Qkk4fZ7$R=FRUGLu0rz=U=0vUowQfferent from my previous characters,” she said.
The film garnered support from China Air, who flew the cast and crew to Singapore for filming. After putting her flight attendant uniform on, Man confessed it was her d[email protected]^331O!hCB3#d*(*nkrbpOnFzP7_J0McoZ1ream job.
GagaOOLala is the first multi-media streaming platform for LGBTQ community in Asia with more than 1,000 LGBT features, shorts, documentaries, p1pvA=lL)^Eyx&JnxLKbp#Lx$PvjrFngs=quw_o3us5hu&5FUoand series from around the world.