Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Cut Sleeve Boys|
Actors: Chowee Leow, Steven Lim, Gareth Rhys Davis, Neil Collie, John 'Ebon-knee' Campbell
Director: Ray Yeung
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Two British Chinese friends learn about love and what?s important in life through wild parties, outrageous transsexuals and hot guys! Entertaining and often very amusing, when you hang out with the Cut Sleeve Boys, anythin... more »
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A nice diversion
Jerome Wendt | Northern Illinois | 12/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm trying to put my finger on why I found this movie so engaging. Was it because it gave me, an old man, insight into young gay life? Was it because the characters are fully fleshed out so you feel as though watching real people; as outrageous as they behave? Was it the easy to follow storyline and clever dialogue? Maybe a bit of all those things. This film has no nudity (plenty of sexuality, though) and does not have a self serious pretense, but it is full of drama (the gay kind) and provides fresh perspective to young gay angst. I found it sensitive and fun to watch as a bittersweet portrayal of the lives and loves of young Chinese gay friends living and working in London. The title "Cut sleeve" refers to a Chinese story of a mandarin having a boy concubine that became so precious to his being that when the boy fell asleep on his arm, he cut off the sleeve rather than wake the boy; and that thereafter, in Chinese language, gays were called in Chinese slang "cut sleeve". This sounds like an antipodal variation on the "Coyote ugly" joke."
Wildly successful at times, but disappointing overall
Michael L. Wiersma | Springfield, MA United States | 10/13/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This slick and interesting film chronicles the lives of two relatively affluent Chinese gay guys living in London as they search for love, or at least a good time, while they struggle with their perceptions that they are aging and therefore becoming less attractive.
Let's say, first of all, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that really nobody in this film is particularly unattractive. The story line about them worrying about their looks and hair patch/ bo tox, etc., really doesn't amount to much.
By far the more interesting story lines surround one guy's interest in another man who likes cross-dressing men. And the other guy inexplicably lands a drop-in roommate who wants desperately to be his lover, but there seems to always be something or someone in the way.
There are great moments of truth and humanity in this film and I found myself rewinding to see some of the moments again. Truly there is some real talent here. The story, however, for me at least, is the basis and foundation for any good film, and here, unfortunately, it meanders all over the place and goes from nowhere to unresolved and illogical. All ends with a dull thud. It's really a shame.
I wasn't thrilled with the casual way drug use was treated and didn't think it was necessary to further the plot or "develop" the characters.
So I would suggest you rent this as there is enough talent here to merit your time, but be warned that the story is kind of lacking. Kudos to those involved for this worthy effort; maybe next time the quality of the story will match the rest of the talent."
element106 | harrisburg, pa United States | 07/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i was very impressed by this film.
it showed a view from another's view.
it is a charming independent film.
light comedy. some very handsome men in the movie.
this is a film that you can view with your friends during a get together.
Not Your Regular Egg Roll
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 03/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""CUT SLEEVE BOYS"
Not Your Regular Egg Roll
Now premiering on Here! TV is a very funny little movie called "Cut Sleeve Boys" (Regent Releasing) which is hysterically funny. It depicts Asian culture in metropolitan London. If you know something about the gay scene in London you have an advantage as understanding the movie will be much more fun for you.
Two gay men of Chinese ancestry are looking for love. One is very wealthy and has a great sense of style and is good looking but insecure. The order is a parody of everything camp.
The goal of the film is to entertain--nothing more. It breaks down the stereotypical picture many of us have about Chinese men and it empowers them by showing them as stylish, wise, handsome and powerful.]
Even with this portrayal, the movie uses other stereotypes and they are used for comedy alone. The movie will have you laughing non-stop. As it examines the nature of gay relationships in a very subtle way, it pokes fun at the way we live as gay men. And the movie twists and turns, we go on a joy ride of laughs. The final scene will have you holding your sides. It also asks you the question of how people can fall victim to vanity and not pay attention to friendship.
There is plenty of eye candy as the men are especially good looking and so you don't think that there is no value to this comedy, it will give you food for thought. There is one very hot scene of a three way kiss that you really do not want to miss.
Everything about the film is good, the actors, the direction, the sets. The plot is highly interesting and did I say it is funny?
To me the most important thing the movie does (aside from making us laugh) is to portray Asian men differently than has ever been done before.
I do not want to give too much if the film away so I will stop here and just say to you to try to se it. It has just been released on DVD.