Fans of Asian films with LGBT themes now have a resource in GayAsiaFilms.
A spin-off of GayAsiaNews, the movie site came online in January 2014 and has updated at least once a day since April. Currently, it has information on dozens of full-length feature films taking place all over Asia and beyond, with production dates ranging from 1980 to the present.
Rather than act as a review site, GayAsiaFilms says that it “aims to inform and introduce you to the best of such films by handpicking each title and creating for you a dedicated, specialized and visually stimulating directory of the best LGBT-themed Asian feature films in a single place.
“The point is not to give you an opinion or review but to help you appreciate and explore LGBT-themed Asian films by providing just the information as plainly and accurately as possible.”
Each entry is listed by its title in English and contains a short synopsis of the movie, a trailer or clip, and screenshots, though no links to buy or stream the movies are provided. Other information given includes the film’s original title, tagline (if applicable), language, country, category, director, stars, run time, and release date.
Some of the movies featured are little different than could be expected from Hollywood, but others are far from it. The entry for the Thai film Tropical Malady is described as a “romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.”
The synopsis of the film states that it “explores the passionate relationship between two men with unusual consequences. The film is divided in two parts. The first half charts the modest attraction between two men in the sunny, relaxing countryside and the second half charts the confusion and terror of an unknown menace lurking deep within the jungle shadows.”
Film buffs are encouraged to contribute to the site via its contact form on the About page.