East Palace West Palace (Dong gong xi gong) (Behind the Forbidden City)
East Palace West Palace (Dong gong xi gong) (Behind the Forbidden City) (1998)

The title is Chinese slang for the bathrooms located at Tiannamen Square, favorite haunts of Beijing gays. Primarily a psychological drama, it centers on a verbal cat and mouse game played between a gay writer and the straight policeman who… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 13, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 28, 1998
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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

[Has] a sophistication and haunting complexity that would be the pride of any open Western auteur.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Sua inegável relevância política e social (especialmente à época de seu lançamento) infelizmente não se traduz em qualidade narrativa.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Chinese authorities were not pleased with this work, supposedly the first openly gay film to come out of Red China.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Feels like a stage play with two characters in a single room, but the way the story delicately unfolds keeps us gripped.

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