East Palace, West Palace (1998)
Acclaimed and controversial effort from China centers on a gay writer arrested in a Beijing park for cruising. After surprising the policeman questioning him with a kiss, the lawman becomes interested in the writer romantically, leading to a one-night exploration of secret lives, sado-masochistic desires and other topics. With Si Han, Hu Jun. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Mandarin; Subtitles: English. In Mandarin with English subtitles.