East Palace West Palace (Dong gong xi gong) (Behind the Forbidden City)
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East Palace West Palace (Dong gong xi gong) (Behind the Forbidden City)
In a time when homosexuals are persectuted and arrested by police in China,a young gay writer finds himself being attracted to the policeman interrogating him. During the night-long interrogation, his life story reveals the repression of the general Chinese population.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though too verbose and static, it's the first film to deal explicitly with gay life in China, and as such adds a panel to the growing body of movies about sexual politics in rigid societies."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"[Has] a sophistication and haunting complexity that would be the pride of any open Western auteur."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"Sua inegável relevância política e social (especialmente à época de seu lançamento) infelizmente não se traduz em qualidade narrativa."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The Chinese authorities were not pleased with this work, supposedly the first openly gay film to come out of Red China."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Feels like a stage play with two characters in a single room, but the way the story delicately unfolds keeps us gripped."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall