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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.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    92 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Hong Kong
  • Premiere
    New Mexico
  • Note
    Cantonese with English subtitles
  • Director
    Ray Yeung