East Palace, West Palace (SC: 东宫西宫, pinyin: Dōng gōng xī gōng) is a 1996 film directed by Zhang Yuan starring Han Si, Hu Jun and Zhao Wei. Simplified Chinese characters (Simplified Chinese: 简体字; Traditional Chinese: 簡體字; pinyin: jiǎntǐzì; also called 简化字/簡化字, jiǎnhuàzì) are one of two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language. ... Pinyin (æ¼é³, pÄ«nyÄ«n) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to HÃ nyÇ PÄ«nyÄ«n (æ±è¯æ¼é³, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of romanization (phonetic notation and transliteration to roman script) for Standard Mandarin. ... Zhang Yuan (å¼ å , born in 1963 in Nanjing, China) is a film director. ...
EASTPALACE, WESTPALACE, the very first gay film to be made in China, explores the erotic obsessions between a policeman and his captive.
"Dong gong xi gong (EastPalaceWestPalace)" (1996; also released under the title "Behind the Forbidden City" in 1998) is a rather unique story about the overnight detention of a young gay Chinese man, A Lan, who was caught having sex with a man in a park near the Forbidden Palace in Beijing.
Although homosexuality was not actually illegal during the time in which the film is set, gays in that country were routinely harrassed by the police, who could detain and arrest them for "hooliganism".
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