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|The Map of Sex and Love|
Actors: Bernardo Chow, Victor Ma, Cheri Ho, Lindzay Chan
Director: Evans Chan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
A young Chinese-American filmmaker returns to Hong Kong to make a documentary abotu the immeinent opening of a new Disney theme park. He meets two people a gay dancer, haunted by a childhood secret, and a young woman, who... more »
Asian Gay Film Speaks on Many Levels
John Hendricks | 12/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As an African-Ameican Gay man I was particularly stuck by the film's ablility to show "gayness" as a starting point in talking about family, inter-racial dating, the need for friendship, the larger world of politcal issues and how we are connected. American gay films that I have seen, do not relate the experiences of people of color and tend to be narrowly defined in ONLY white gay male terms with no sense of a world view. Mr. Evans Chan is to be greatly thanked for letting us see that clearly and beautifully. Richard Gray"
Up there with the Greek-Australian HEAD-ON
John Hendricks | USA | 09/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A Manhattan-based filmmaker returns to Hong Kong for the purpose of documenting the Disneyfication of his homeland, but instead finds himself mining his own displacement as a queer expatriate. In the process he meets a deceptively controlled gay dancer and an isolated shop girl who are drawn to his questioning nostalgia for a country that may never have been.
Mainstream viewers gay and straight may be initially put off by the bright home-movie feel of this 21st-Century desktop indie feature, which is more concerned with cultural psychology than erotic exploration. But the patiently attentive will be rewarded by the rich themes interwoven in this ambivalent portrait of contemporary Hong Kong, and humanity.
Central to the film are two moral problems: that of the individual who behaves counter to supposed societal norms; and that of the society behaving against its native ideals in order to survive in the global economy. Chan reveals the complicated relationship between these two phenomena in a way that is rarely clarified in film, and with a sense of human history that is ultimately compassionate and forgiving.
Some American reviewers have called the film slow and pretentious, presumably for its less than subtle exposure of these issues, but I am grateful for the explicitness. Americans don't need titillating, foreign coming-out stories anywhere near as much as they need frank challenges to brainless, homogenizing consumerism. Potshots can be fired at the film's occasional moments of awkward editing and inconsistent acting, but if you're turning to cinema for slickness, then go visit your "local" Blockbuster."
Emmanuel d'Amonville | Cape Cod - USA | 08/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""John Charles called this first digital feature from Hong Kong "a thought-provoking and emotionally perceptive drama...a visually arresting film, full of both natural and man made beauty" at the Hong Kong Digial website (www.dighkmovies.com). Evans Chan has a lot to say and he says it with sensitivity and artistry. The "map" is drawn touchingly in the intimate scenes which portray the (homosexual) sexual encounters as kinder and loving moments. The pace of the narration resonates with the pace of the adventures experienced by the three protagonists in three interrelated stories -- "Rubber Band," "Belgrade," and "Nazi Gold" -- which are all delightful, touching, self-contained vignettes. The Map of Sex and Love is a gem on many levels, and it is a most intimate introduction to Hong Kong and Macau for one such as I who has not had the pleasure of visiting these sites.""