6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
a good film but BANED in China by our goverment,
This review is from: East Palace, West Palace [DVD] (DVD)
This film is base on wong xiao bo's book which is the same name. wong and his wife Li yin he have writed the story for her research on the homosexual of man. In the west , many people know Ang Lee's film Brokenback Mountain. this film is a oriental homo story like BM on certain point,but not all.
In 1997 the Chinese government put director 'Zhang, Yuan' under house arrest and confiscated his passport. His friends smuggled this movie out of the country so it could be shown at the 1997 Cannes film festival___by imdb
In china , only a few people know this film, in fact , the few people have labeled it as a gay film,but I think more than "gay"
Chinese goverment don't like their people say to many on the sex , so the political enviroment is like their attitude on the sex, zhang want to show this homo story to reflect our politcs. If you know something about the chinese democracy revolution, then you can watch this movie and understand it's meaning easily.