Tribute to a late, lamented gay bar in Taipei, ambitious "Corner's" takes a lyrical look at social aspects of an ambisexual community in transition. Pic reps a strongly individualistic showing from Taiwan's most active lesbian pic-making couple, Zero Chou and Hoho Liu, and will be welcome to have a drink at gay fests everywhere.

Tribute to a late, lamented gay bar in Taipei, ambitious “Corner’s” takes a lyrical look at social aspects of an ambisexual community in transition. Anglo title is taken from the cozy tavern’s wonkily punctuated name, and also refers to respites from conventionality in an increasingly lockstep culture. Pic reps a strongly individualistic showing from Taiwan’s most active lesbian pic-making couple, Zero Chou and Hoho Liu, and will be welcome to have a drink at gay fests everywhere.

Helmer Chou and lenser Liu take an eccentric view of their subject. They start with first-person testimony from former patrons and staff at a club that initially swelled with urbanites, and then withered away after police raids terrorized the customers. This is intercut with humorous asides, local color and languorous boudoir shots with a lesbian theme, complete with poetic narration by Liu, in French, “because it’s easier to express difficult things in a foreign language.” Pic, which could easily lose last few minutes, would travel well paired with the couple’s other hourlong — and stylistically completely different — effort, “Poles Extremity.”

Corner's

Taiwan

Production

A ZeHo Illusion Studio production. (International sales: ZeHo Illusion Studio, Taipei.) Produced by Zero Chou, Hoho Liu, Huang Chao-Ying. Directed, written by Zero Chou.

Crew

Camera (color-DV), Hoho Liu; editors, Chou, Liu; music, Lai Jin-Kai. Reviewed at Vancouver Film Festival (Dragons & Tigers), Sept. 29, 2003. French and Mandarin dialogue. Running time: 66 MIN.

With

Chen Yu, Duoduo, A-Long, Hsiao Tan, Liao Yiao.
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