Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: Sweet coming out, coming of age story in a Taipei high school.
Alternate Titles: Lan se da men
Year: 2002
Duration: 85 min
Language: Taiwan, France/Chinese
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Chin-yen Yee
Writer: Chin-yen Yee
Starring: Bo-lin Chen, Lunmei Kwai, Shu-hui Liang, Joanna Chou

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Blue Gate Crossing

For many of us, the teenage coming out, coming of age story has been done again and again, but Blue Gate Crossing is a sweet addition to these kinds of storylines, with the added interest of being set in Taiwan.

Meng Kerou (Lun-mei Guey) and Lin Yuezhen (Shu-hui Liang) are best friends and high school students in Taipei. Yuezhen has a crush on Zhang Shihao (Bo-lin Chen), a boy in their school, but it’s Kerou who goes to talk to him on Yuezhen’s behalf. Shihao thinks it’s Kerou who likes him, so things become a bit of a mess when he begins to like her. At the same time, Kerou is realizing that it’s Yuezhen that she’s fallen in love with.

It’s a very innocent story of young love. Shihao becomes a good friend to Kerou too. He’s the kind of boy who’s very sweet and likable and a big part of making this film work. Yuezhen, on the other hand, lives in a sort of fantasy world and chooses to ignore it when Kerou kisses her. Kerou’s heart breaks, but she ends up happy and more sure of herself and her sexuality, regardless of Yuezhen’s reaction.

Nominated for Best Asian Film at the Hong Kong Film Awards. (AB)