Alexander Fu Sheng (left) and Chen Kuan-tai in a still from the film ‘Heroes Two’. Photo: Celestial Pictures Limited
Alexander Fu Sheng (left) and Chen Kuan-tai in a still from the film ‘Heroes Two’. Photo: Celestial Pictures Limited

Is the ‘brotherly love’ in martial arts films homoerotic? Why Chang Cheh rejected fellow director Stanley Kwan’s reading of his films

  • A Stanley Kwan-directed documentary, in which he came out as gay, examined sexual identity in Chinese cinema, especially Chang Cheh’s martial arts films
  • Chang argues the male bonding in his films is based on classical Chinese literature. John Woo, though, is willing to allow a gay reading of his film The Killer

Alexander Fu Sheng (left) and Chen Kuan-tai in a still from the film ‘Heroes Two’. Photo: Celestial Pictures Limited
Alexander Fu Sheng (left) and Chen Kuan-tai in a still from the film ‘Heroes Two’. Photo: Celestial Pictures Limited
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