|Song Lang (2018)|
|GayRomanceComing of AgeAsia|
Set in 1980s Saigon, Song Lang is a gritty underworld noir hiding a tender, romantic heart. At the film's core is the unlikely bond that develops between hunky, brooding Dung, a tough debt collector for a ruthless loan shark, and Linh Phung, a charismatic young opera singer from a struggling cai luong troupe (traditional Vietnamese opera). The two meet when Dung comes to forcefully collect a debt from the opera troupe, but when their paths cross again, a friendship-and then more-develops, awakening surprising, tender feelings in both men. Their story, too, soon scales operatic heights. With his first feature film, director Leon Le has delivered a rich drama: a smoldering relationship between two apparent opposites-equally uncompromising-set against the backdrop of a gorgeous, fading art form. The film has garnered 21 awards from film festivals worldwide, including Lien Binh Phat's Gemstone award for rising star at Tokyo International Film Festival 2018.
"The chemistry between the two stars, Liên Bỉnh Phá and Isaac, will have your heart beating out of your chest."-Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival
srt: English, Chinese,
Director: Leon Le
Cast: Isaac Lien, Binh Phat
Awards: Taiwan International Queer Film Festival 2019, Frameline Film Festival 2019 - Audience Award for Best Feature, Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival 2019 - Audience Choice Award, Tokyo International Film Festival 2018 - Gemstone Award for Rising Star