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Bishonen

Bishonen (Meishaonian Zhi Lian) is a 1998 movie from Hong Kong about an ill-fated gay romance.

Jet (Stephen Fung[?]) is a handsome gay hustler whose sex appeal seems to know no bounds. Everyone wants to make love to him, but he is in love with no one but himself.

Things change drastically when he notices what seems like a young couple in a shop, Sam (Daniel Wu[?]) and Kana. At first sight, he falls in love with Sam and begins following the two around.

Jet's friend Ching, who is also a hustler, runs a personal in a gay magazine for Jet, imploring Sam to contact Jet.

At first, Jet is angry at Ching for not asking him, but his wrath subsides quickly when indeed he meets Sam again in what seems like a chance encounter, but actually is an outcome of the personal.

Sam turns out to be a police officer and Jet starts to befriend Sam, hoping this will turn into a relationship. But Sam does not seem to notice Jet's intentions towards him.

Unbeknownst to Jet, Sam had a homosexual affair with pop star K.S. five years earlier. At the same time, Ching had been in unrequitted love with Sam (then calling himself Fai) when the two were still office workers.

Ching comes to his apartment shared with Jet when Jet and Sam are there, instantly recognizes Sam as Fai and is furious with Jet for stealing his beloved.

Jet is picked up by K.S. for sex, but then feels guilty for betraying Sam.

Later, when Sam and Jet finally give in to their desires, Sam's father walks in on them. Deeply moved by the grief he feels he has caused his father and unable to cope with the situation, Sam commits suicide, leaving behind Jet, who plunges himself back into his job to try to forget what happened.


Bishonen is an alternate Romanization of the Japanese word bishounen, "beautiful boy".



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