Taiwanese LGBT Movies/Dramas

(updated 11/3/19)

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

Movie/Lesbian/Main Storyline


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.

Movie/Lesbian/Main Storyline

 


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.

Drama/Gay/Main Storyline

 

 


Dear Ex (2018)

When the husband dies, wife and son discover that he made his life insurance policy out to his male lover. The woman reacts with anger and the son with confusion. Gradually, they begin to close in on the man, discovering the life the woman’s husband had hidden from them.

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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.

Movie/Lesbian/Main Storyline


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.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline

 


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.


Flyleaf of Summer – Taiwan -2017

Two boys fall in love during Summer.

Movie (Short-short-short-short movie)/Gay/Main storyline 

 

 


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.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline

 


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.

Series/Gay/Lesbian/Trans/Storylines within omnibus drama


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.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending

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.

Series/Gay/Side Story

 


HIStory – 2017 Taiwan

Obsessed

Another part of the HIStory webseries follows the life of Shao Yi Chen, a man who is reborn and sent back 9 years ago to change his past and future. Will he resist the love of a handsome man Jiang Jing Teng and save his future self, or will he fall for the same men twice and risk his life?

Stay Away From Me

When their parents get married and leave for a long honeymoon, superstar Cheng Qing moves in with his new stepbrother Feng He. With Meng Meng, his fujoshi best friend, around, dreaming of the perfect BL fanfic, will Feng He be able to stay away from his brother?

My Hero not sure why this is the only one without a synopsis, but let me give it a go. Girl is mistakenly taken by a reaper before her time, is allowed to go back to Earth, inhabit a body, and has 7 Days to have her beloved boyfriend kiss her on her new form for the switch to stay permanent. The only trick is she was transported into the body of a boy!

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Stephanie’s Note: surprisingly my favorite of the trio is My Hero, the story I liked the least at the beginning. The guy in Obsessed is a little rapey first my tastes and Stay Away From Me actually reminded me a little bit of Heroin.

Stephanie’s Followup Note: Guys. Over a year later I finally realize I had this listed in the wrong country. This show is Taiwanese, not Thai! Whoops!


HIStory3: Trapped – Taiwan – 2019 (Currently Airing) Drama

The cooperation between police and the people create a harmonious new society. Police who are filled with justice are turned into the personal protection for gangsters. But one police officer becomes trapped in the underworld, as he develops feelings for a gang leader.

A police officer and a gang leader were killed in a gunshot attack. What’s the secret behind this case? The only survivor, Tang Yi, is now the gang leader. He’s striving to find the murderer by setting a trap. But the police officer, Meng Shao Fei, gradually falls into the “love trap” set by Tang Yi.

Series/Gay/Main Storyline

Stephanie’s Note: Ooooh, 20 episodes? Wowzers! They’ve turned this thing into a full-on drama! I’ve seen some clips from it and it looks great.

Stephanie’s Next Note: WATCH THIS SHOW. SRSLY IT IS SO GOOD. Yes, I’m shouting at you. This is worth shouting.


HIStory3: Make Our Days Count (2019) series
At first glance, high schoolers Xiang Hao Ting and Yu Xi Gu appear to be polar opposites: While Xiang Hao Ting is an outgoing, hot-headed extravert and some-time bully, Yu Xi Gu prefers to keep a low profile and focus on his schoolwork. They seem bound for totally different futures – the bookish Yu Xi Gu looks destined for academic success, while life is just a long popularity contest for Xiang Hao Ting. But a quirk of fate – and a crucial intervention by a female schoolmate – results in the two young men’s paths crossing. But there is more to both young men than first meets the eye. Xiang Hao Ting was not always this way. He started out as a perfect student until he discovered the joys of going off the rails. And Yu Xi Gu has a reason for being so aloof and studious: His parents died in a traffic accident while he was younger, and he is being fostered by his aunt. As such, he works hard to get good grades in an effort to win a scholarship and ease the financial burden on his relatives. Yu Xi Gu also works part-time at a convenience store, where his manager Liu Zhi Gang has developed a crush on a man he has met at the gym. Back at school, meanwhile, Yu Xi Gu and Xiang Hao Ting find themselves drawn together, and passions ignite. The former notices that he has the unique ability to bring Yu Xi Gu out of his shell – and becomes intent on melting his cold-as-ice exterior. What will happen when their two worlds collide? And can love be the catalyst that helps bring these two unlikely students together – as their high school days draw to a close?

Series/Gay/Main Storyline

Stephanie’s Note: This series really NEVER disappoints. Currently watching and it’s amazing. Watch it.


Life Of Silence (2014)

“Life of Silence’ is a somewhat harrowing film that tells the story of three gay men who are entangled in doomed romances. Tensions between society’s expectations and true happiness are explored in this compelling short film. Silence usually comes with a backdrop, waiting to be stirred. A novel and a reality. Three gay guys and two marriages. When love and marriage can’t go hand in hand, how can marital bliss be realized?

Movie – Gay – Main Storyline


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.

Drama/Gay/Lesbian/Main Storyline

 


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?

Series/Gay/Main Storyline

 


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.

Movie/Lesbian/Main Storyline

 


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.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline


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.

Movie/Gay/Sideplot

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.


The Younger – Taiwan – 2014

When his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer, Chen Hao Zhi found himself unable to pay for her medication. So he began to engage in gay massage to make money. What started as work made him discover that he has an instinctive desire for the male body, so he begins to engage in relationships, bringing chaos and complications into his life…

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline

Stephanie’s Take: While I don’t know for sure, I’m going to guess it’s not going to end happily or well.


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…

Series/Gay/Main storyline

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?

21 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

    • Reply Alex April 22, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      It has been postponed again. My guess is that it can’t be made in China with the new censorship restrictions. Hopefully they will consider making it abroad.

  • Reply Alex April 22, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I really want to watch Happy Together and Love To Our Youth, but I can’t find them with subtitles. Help?

  • Reply eve May 2, 2019 at 12:38 am

    You can add The Substitute (2017) is a Taiwanese lesbian movie!

    • Reply Stephanie May 5, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks! I’ll check it out, I’m already starting the list for the next add to the list!

  • Reply DBChen June 22, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Viki has added HIStory 1, 2, & 3. They are Taiwanese BL dramas

    • Reply Stephanie June 25, 2019 at 8:57 pm

      GAH! I’m not certain how it happened but they disappeared from the site! I promise I had them there as I’ve seen all of them (well, I’m currently watching season 3.) I’ll get them back up there. Which one is your favorite?

      • Reply DBChen June 28, 2019 at 11:47 am

        I’m only on ep 5 of season 3. Haven’t watched the others yet.

  • Reply EMY July 29, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Please add Bao Bao to this list.

  • Reply Adam September 13, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Red Wine in the Dark is a Thai movie, not Taiwanese.

    • Reply Stephanie October 20, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      BURN. Thanks for the heads up. I’m thinking no one wants to be associated with this one 😉

  • Reply sweetiiey October 8, 2019 at 7:55 am

    You should REALLY watch History 2. Especially Cross the Border. Love both stories but it was Cross the Border that properly redefined Taiwanese BL. It’s perfect in all sides: story, actors, pacing and chemistry. It’s the only one of the whole History stories that has a planned part 2 that isn’t just rumoured.

    • Reply Stephanie October 9, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      I’m not certain how History2 came off my list! Loved it! Loved, loved, loved it. They are doing some great things with this series. Looking forward to 3/2!

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