One of the miracles of Hong Kong’s indestructible cinema is that it can still produce gentle, humane, subtle gems like Twilight’s Kiss. The Special Administrative Region may be riven by existential crisis, but Ray Yeung’s lovely film shows Hong Kong at its best.
This is a domestic love story about two seniors. One, Pak (the veteran Tai Bo, brilliantly low-key while cast against type), is a taxi driver and family man who cruises public toilets for discrete gay sex. He finds and befriends divorced Hoi (Ben Yuen, in a finely detailed, richly inhabited performance). They try to explore how they might imagine a future together in a society where the demands of home, family, and religion remain the defining elements of individual and collective identity.
The film’s gentle, natural pacing and texture don’t idealize or sentimentalize its important story: Pak’s and Hoi’s experiences subtly evoke different ways of being gay in one of East Asia’s most socially conservative yet paradoxically tolerant societies.
Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Hong Kong Film Awards 20
Includes an interview with Director: Ray Yeung
Tai Bo, Ben Yuen, Au Ga Man Patra, Lo Chun Yip, Kong To, Lam Yiu Sing
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Ray Yeung’s first feature film, Cut Sleeve Boys, premiered at Rotterdam in 2005 and won Best Feature at the Outfest Fusion Festival in Los Angeles. Next, Front Cover (2015) won several North American festival jury and audience awards. Ray has also written and directed eight short films, and directed two plays: Banana Skin, written by Ray, and The Third Sex, written by long-time collaborator Chowee Leow. Ray has been Chairman of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival since 2000.