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Director C.B. Yi’s gritty and tender debut feature explores the emotional entanglements and secret world of street hustlers — or “moneyboys” — working their clients and making a living in big city Beijing, where gay life is taboo but a surplus of demand survives in the shadows. Far from his home in rural China, twenty-something Fei rises in their ranks as a wet-behind-the-ears newcomer while sending along his earnings to the conservative family he left behind in the countryside. But when their disapproval irrevocably complicates his position, his life in the profession shifts as he seeks a new chapter in love without price tags attached. Yi’s tactile sensitivity and assured sense of direction with actors and their environment evokes a longing to belong against the shimmering mystery of starting your life anew.

Content advisory: This film contains depictions of violence.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    120 minutes
  • Language
    Mandarin
  • Country
    France
  • Premiere
    Los Angeles
  • Director
    C.B. Yi
  • Screenwriter
    C.B. Yi
  • Producer
    Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Barbara Pichler, Guillaume de la Boulaye, Patrick Mao Huang, André Logie
  • Cast
    Kai Ko, Chloe Maayan, JC Lin
  • Cinematographer
    Jean-Louis Vialard
  • Editor
    Dieter Pichler
  • Music
    Yun Xie-Loussignian