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A park in the midst of Beijing, surrounded by old palaces, is frequently searched by the local police as it is one of the secret meeting places for the local gay scene. The young writer A Lan, on several occasions, runs into policeman Xiao Shi who ends up arresting the young man one evening and takes him to the park's police station. After one intense night of interrogation, which turns into A Lan telling the story of his past, Xiao Shi finds himself wondering whether his arrest of A Lan had other motives than he initially thought. This movie was forbidden by Chinese authorities for its open depiction of homosexuality in Mainland China when it first came out, and director Yuan Zhang was arrested for a short time and his passport taken away from him temporarily. Yet he managed to get a copy of the movie out of the country, and "East Palace, West Palace" has been aired at prestigious film festivals all over the world. Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Norsk
  • Country: China
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Nov 1, 1996
  • Duration: 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 250 users)
  • Ranked: #8597
  • Popularity: #8892
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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20 people found this review helpful
Jul 31, 2017
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Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.5
(Some parents tell their children they hit them because they love them. Some children get this the wrong way. One child grew up believing that being hit is being loved, and to love is to be beaten, hammered and treated like trash. He thinks pain is pleasure and pleasure can only be achieved with pain. We call it the wrong kind of love, but he thinks it's the most beautiful kind of love that the world just misunderstands.)

I watched this because China banned its release. I was curious and the movie proved worthy of that curiosity. It wasn't great, but it was one undeniably beautiful movie. I love the dialogues. Sometimes the lines are rather poetic. The actors could even tell more of the story even with no words at all. The film seemed to glorify the simplicity of its plot with good writing and actors.

Have an open mind upon watching this film, but don't get too attached. It's just a film after all.

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  • Movie: East Palace, West Palace
  • Country: China
  • Release Date: Nov 1, 1996
  • Duration: 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older


  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 250 users)
  • Ranked: #8597
  • Popularity: #8892
  • Watchers: 900

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