Taiwanese LGBT Movies/Dramas

(updated 5/30/2018)

Blue Gate Crossing

Blue Gate Crossing 2002

The film stars Lun-Mei Guey as Kerou, a sullen teenager who tries to act as a go-between when her shy friend Yuezhen (Shu-Hui Liang) falls in love with Zhang (Bo-Lin Chen). Kerou approaches Zhang on her friend’s behalf, but the boy likes Kerou instead and doesn’t want to hear about Yuezhen. As Zhang is the popular kid at school — a swimmer with an easy way about him — Kerou thinks she should be happy, but she’s not. She is beginning to realize she has lesbian feelings for her friend Yuezhen

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Beautiful CrazyBeautiful Crazy 2008

What is youth all about? Before they could figure out what was happening, Xiao Bu finds herself in a cat fight with Angel over a cigarette, Ah Mi sleeps with Xiao Bu’s boxer boyfriend, and Angel kisses Xiao Bu.

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candy rainCandy Rain 2008

Based on true stories, “Candy Rain” tells four intimate, lyrical stories of women in love with women in contemporary Taipei.

Having broken up with her boyfriend and quarreled with her family, Jessie decided to restart her life in Taipei. Her highschool friend and secret admirer-Pon, told her, “I’ll take care of you.”
U is an Aries. She protects herself well. She has been looking for the ideal love but she doesn’t know where it is.
Spancer is in love with Summer, who is getting married. Before saying goodbye, they promise a reunion in 10 years’ time.
Ricky’s relationships are always filled with violence. Like fireworks, magnificent but short. For Ricky, It’s a vicious cycle.

Movie/Lesbian/Main Storyline


crystal boysCrystal Boys 2003

Taipei in the 1970’s was a very intolerant place for homosexuals. This story is about a young man named A Qing whose family cut him off because of his sexual orientation.

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Drifting FlowersDrifting Flowers 2008

Three women in three different periods navigate the waters of sexual identity in Zero Chou’s sensitive portrait of the search for self and love. Three loosely connected episodes illuminate the flux of life: Young Meigo struggles to understand her feelings of jealousy when her older sister begins a romantic relationship; Alzehimer’s sufferer Lily lives her life between moments of lucidity and remembrances of her dead lover with the help of an oldfriend; and teenager Chalkie tries to reconcile her awakening sexuality with her body.

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Eternal SummerEternal Summer 2006

hree high school students experience the perks and pitfalls of love in director Leste Chen’s sensitive tale of friendship and yearning. As a child living in a seaside town in southern Taiwan, studious Jonathan (Bryant Chang) was asked by his concerned teacher to look after rebellious classmate Shane (Joseph Chang). 10 years later, what was once a good-natured obligation has since blossomed into a warm friendship, with Jonathan still on the academictrack and Shane finding his calling on the basketball court.
When Taiwan-born schoolgirl Carrie (Kate Yeung) transfers to their school from Hong Kong and convinces Jonathan to join her on a secret day-trip to Taipei, her botched effort to seduce him in a sleazy love hotel, combined with her observations of he and Shane’s friendship, soon leads her to believe that the object of her affections is homosexual and in love with his best friend. Despite her initial misgivings about the boorish Shane, Carrie soon begins to give in to the troublemaker’s roguish charms. She accepts his offer to become his girlfriend on the condition that he manages to enter university. Later, as Shane pulls his act together and Jonathan begins to experience a sexual identity crisis, the former does his best to keep his feelings for Carrie secret in order to protect the feelings of his lifelong friend. Despite Jonathan’s, Shane’s, and Carrie’s best efforts to keep their personal feelings secret, the truth eventually emerges, forcing all three to view their relationships in an entirely new light.

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Formula 17Formula 17 2004

Cradling his lucky condom, Tien (Tony Yang) moves to Taipei to meet an Internet hottie. But as soon as said hottie drops the “I have some hot DVDs at home” bomb, Tien flees to a nightclub, unwilling to part with his virginity outside the context of a passionate love affair. At the club, he glimpses Bai (Duncan), a/k/a “Playboy No. 1.” Bai’s got a pitch-black heart, though, either from reading girlie mags or an unprecedented series of one-night stands.

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Stephanie Note: Low quality, bad acting, not a great storyline, but it’s cute and over the top. It’s not terrible and yet it is, if that makes sense. If you’re just looking for a bit of fluff, check it out.


Girlfriend BoyfriendGirlfriend Boyfriend 2012

In the 1980s, high school students Aaron, Mabel and Liam are best friends and also caught in a love triangle. As the three friends go through the turbulent times, when social revolution takes hold over martial law, their relationships go through many ups and downs.

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Gloomy Salad Days – 2010 – Taiwan Drama

This drama involves 12 different stories which happened to teenagers, taken from real life social cases. Shen Qi is a student who has a brain tumor, giving him the ability to see Death Girl when no one else can. As he witnesses her task of ferrying different people to the afterlife, he gradually falls in love with her and begins to understand the transition between life and death.

Per reader: Deals with teen issues and three of the stories involve gay/lesbian/trans relationships. The only one of the three with a happy end is the gay relationship.

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go goGo! Go! G-Boys 2006

A-Shin and A-Hong are close buddies, but gradually A-Shin started to have feelings for A-Hong. A-Hong decided to join a gay beauty contest in order to gain 10 million in prize money to pay his girlfriend’s credit card debt. At the same time, an anti-gay cop, Jay, was assigned to pretend to be gay and join the contest to investigate a possible crime by gay-resented group.

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Stephanie Note: This is pretty terrible. But if you want an over the top time, kind of camp, then there is nothing horribly offensive here.


Happy Together (2015)

This is a story of 6 people living under the same roof. It involves friendship, love and kinship. It also brings the wonderful and crazy moments of their daily lives.

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Love to Our Youth: He Falls in Love with Him (2016)

Zhang Xin Yu and Xiao En are boyfriend and girlfriend. However, their friend Pin Jia (a lesbian) likes Xiao En. At the same time, Wei Jia (a gay) also likes Zhang Xin Yu.

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Miao MiaoMiao Miao 2008

18 year-old Ai lives the life of a mischievous teenager. She ignores her studies, putting all her passion into baking cakes that always come out burnt, lopsided, or hard as a rock. Ai cannot imagine a greater happiness than one day making the perfect pastry, until someone new walks into her life and Ai discovers some things in life are sweeter than cake.

Movie/Lesbian/Main Character

Stephanie Note: Not so much a main plotline, and it’s not a side character, it’s more of a story about 2 girls and one of them is thinking she’s jealous of her friends crush and she’s not sure why.


Red Balloon – 2017

Chen is a serious top student in school, both in studies and sports…..he thought everything will be smooth-going….until he meet Wan, a carefree student. He disliked him at first, but later he developed feelings for him. When Chen’s dad, who was a gang leader, found out, the boys faced opposition from their family too, on top of that coming from friends, classmates and their own self doubts. Will they love bravely?

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Red Wine in the DarkRed Wine in the Dark 2015

A story about boys, their love and friendship.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending (Someone told me this was a happy ending, however, now that I’ve seen the show, that person is CRAZY, this is not a happy ending. Unless by happy ending you leave the thing thinking that maybe this whole movie was this weird dream of the messed up hero’s.) 

Stephanie’s Note: Don’t watch this. Gah, it’s terrible. For big parts of the movie I wasn’t sure if it wasn’t just some badly done porno. You can actually check out my drama chat for this movie here.


pair-of-lovePair of Love 2009

Li Jeng-je and Hue Wei Luen are best friends. Before they realize, they fall in love with each other and change their relationship from best friends to lovers. But Je is a basketball player who is afraid that his sexual orientation might be found by his homophobic friend, so he decides to break up with Lun. He tried to have a straight relationship with Ying, who is actually a lesbian. But eventually, he realizes that it doesn’t feel right…

Movie/Gay/Lesbian/Main Storyline/Happy Ending for one couple let me know in the comments if you want to know which. Actually, looking at the synopsis you can probably tell which one ends happily. 

Stephanie Note: Seen it, was sad when the one turned from the other, angst ensued but I like to think everything ended up well.


the roseThe Rose 2003

A stone with an ugly outward appearance and not catching to the eye,
Would people be able to see a glittering gem that is wrapped around inside?
Being looked down by people for a long time, cold and indifferent treatments,
It will gradually turn rusty and lose its brilliance;
Or maybe after experiencing all these hardships,
It’s luster and beauty will be highlighted even more?

Drama/Gay/Side Character


Spider LiliesSpider Lilies (Tattoo) 2007

When Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko’s tattoo studio, she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well. In order to get closer to the object of her desire, Jade asks Takeko to give her the same lily tattoo, challenging Takeko’s monastic existence and opening up memories which threaten to tear the two women apart.

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Tale of the Lost Boys (2017) Taiwanese

“Tale of the Lost Boys” is the story of the friendship between two men — Alex, a Filipino mechanic, and Jerry, a Taiwanese aborigine student. The two meet randomly when Alex flees to Taipei from Manila, after leaving his girlfriend pregnant. A casual conversation develops into a surprising personal connection between them. Both realize that they yearn a more intimate connection with their mothers since Alex’s abandoned him for a new family while Jerry is afraid that his traditional parents will reject him for being gay.

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The Tenants Downstairs (2016)

The story is about a man inheriting an old apartment and decided to rent it to tenants who had different kinds of strange inner sides. By setting up the pinhole cameras in the apartment, he enjoyed the pleasure of peeping people and discovered their secrets. However, the story of those tenants and the landlord were becoming crazier and complicated.

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Stephanie’s Take: Haven’t seen it but from the teasers or clips I’ve seen, it’s either horror or thinly covered porn. Not saying either is bad, just letting you know 😉


We Are Gamily (2017)

Wu Gang and Yang Duo get fake married so that he can live with his boyfriend Sam and she can be with her girlfriend without their families getting suspicious, but after the marriage Wu Gang’s mother starts showing up at her son’s apartment more and more.

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will you still love meWill You Still Love Me Tomorrow 2013

Richie Ren stars as Weichung, a 30-something optician. Weichung has been married for nine years to Fen, played by the lovely Mavis Fan. They have an adorable six-year-old son. However, Weichung lived the gay lifestyle before he was married, and a chance encounter with a handsome airline steward draws him back into the gay community.

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Stephanie Note: This is a cute and heartfelt movie. It’s not overly romantic, it’s more about being who you are meant to be and how that’s affected by those choices you make.


Your Voice, My Heart (2018)

Su Ye Xin left his parents to live on his own because they were furious and unsupportive after he told them he was gay. He is a huge fan of famous dubbing artist Sheng Sheng and has a crush on him. Since he fears that Sheng Sheng has prejudices towards homosexuals he is using a female profile and known among the fans for strongly supporting his crush. Coincidently, he had the chance to do private coaching for Sheng Sheng in real-life, whose real name is Xie Xiao Sheng. Apart from his excitement to be able to get to know his crush in person, Su Ye Xin also realizes something bizarre about Xie Xiao Sheng. Xie Xiao Sheng’s occasional emotional outbreaks and his hate towards his cousin Gu Fan and his lover Shen Hai all point towards an incident that happened in his childhood…

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Stephanie’s Take: GAH! If you find this somewhere, you better let me know or else I will be very, very disappointed in you…you don’t want that now do you?

5 Comments

  • Reply Talie W. May 7, 2018 at 9:48 am

    So I was watching “We are Gamily” and got stuck on episode 2. I can’t find anything past that subtitled. Please help me I’m so desperate I tried to watch without, but was way too confused.

  • Reply Marsh May 7, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Dark Blue and the Moonlight is a Taiwanese drama that I watched subbed on youtube (with effort, it took a while) and it’s very good but the first kiss is very sudden (legit like 11 minutes in or something into ep1) and also the ending is kinda happy but it’s really bad because they sorta get together eVENtually but then he has to move away for a couple years or something idk it’s vague and bad. BUt the overall drama is alright. I think there were about 10 episodes or something idk you might have to look unto it.

  • Reply Patricia Sapp June 15, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    There are so many more Tai dramas on youtube….Sotus and Sotus S would be the best place to start…I live on youtube these days lol.

    • Reply DBChen June 16, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Hi Patricia,
      SOTUS and SOTUS 2 are Thai dramas from Thailand, not Taiwanese dramas from Taiwan

  • Reply Lauren July 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Your voice my heart, hasn’t been released yet. It airs on December 31 2018

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