Asia released its first LGBTQ+ Streaming platform called GagaOOLala. And it is already starting to attract a lot of attention. This valentine’s day they have come up with 5 romantic movies to warm your heart with love and comedy.
5 Lessons in Happiness
The LGBTQ+ streaming platform is releasing five original short stories for this Valentine. What’s more exciting is that the streaming is completely free. GagaOOLala is releasing “5 Lessons in Happiness” which is a collection of short comedies that are all about the different meanings of love from romantic to family.
Director Zero Chou was the one who developed this masterplan. He decided on the scripts for 5 Lessons in Happiness. After same-sex marriages were legalized in Taiwan, Chou wanted to tell these stories in a more relaxed and celebrated manner. She thought that comedy was the best way to lighten the topics. She says, “Our writing team is quite diverse. We spent a month discussing what topics we wanted to focus on, and ultimately decided on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and family love.”
Zero has been shooting queer films for a long time now. In the past two years, she has promoted gay marriages through her films. She has been working intensively to produce many films. The director mainly focuses on queer topics. Moreover, she had a plan to foster the upcoming directors to join her in the queer productions.
“I will drag other people to hell with me!”
The producer of GagaOOLala has decided to release a survey along with the films where viewers can vote on how they would like the stories to continue. These stories will then be made into feature films. This way the choice of audience will be incorporated into the films.
GagaOOLala offers 5 short films this Valentine’s day
Little man is a short film that is directed by Huang Ting Chun (Fox). The film is about a professional swimmer, Hsuan, who is insecure about his “size”. He is a young boy who is unable to land a boyfriend. Hsuan’s secret is exposed to everyone when his swimsuit comes off in the pool. He goes into isolation for a month after the incident.
A friend encourages him to go back into the pool. Will he be able to overcome his shame and find love? Well, you have to watch the film to find out.
This is a simple short film that has romance and comedy with a simple message. Watch out for his one this Valentine’s day.
Nancy Chen is the director of Throuple. This short film seems like the cutest love triangle ever with an LGBTQ twist. The film is about FeiFei who is a writer. She just released the best selling novel. She is married to a man. The twist starts when she starts having a love affair with her publisher AiKi.
As the movie progresses, FeiFei becomes more infatuated with Aiki and starts to wonder whether she is a lesbian or a bisexual. A very cute heartwarming romantic drama that is worth the watch this valentines day.
She Is my Father
A father gets a call from his 18-month pregnant daughter who he has not seen for 10 years. Ling, the daughter, comes to Taipei to ask her father, Hsiang, for shelter. But she has no idea that her father is now a trans woman. Hsiang does not want her daughter to find out she has transitioned. Hence he asked her boyfriend to pretend to be Ling’s father. How long can still act follow without Ling finding out? Will Ling get along with Hsiang? Will Hsiang ever come clean about her secret? Well, we have to wait and see how this transgender family drama will play out.
A direction by Adiamond Lee. Homebound is the story of a drag show manager who comes back home after 30 years of living abroad.
Li-Hua comes back home to Taiwan from Japan to reunite with her family she had left behind for 30 years. There is an instant attraction that Li-Hua and her sister-in-law feel for each other. They start to bond and Li-Hua has an intention to make up for the lost time. But is it possible to be together? Let’s find out this Valentine’s Day.
Baby Maybe is another direction by Zero Chou. This short film is about a gay couple who can’t get married due to family pressure even after same-sex-marriage has been legalized in Taiwan. Feng and Fong want to start a family but it is hard. So they end up seeking the help of Fong’s student who needs an abortion. And they have a crazy idea. Will they be able to start a family finally?
This one is a cute and funny story of a gay couple. And this will definitely warm your hearts.
These 5 movies are distinctive in their own way. They cover all topics of the LGBTQ+ community in a light and funny way. You must watch out for these movies. Pick a couch with your partner this Valentine’s day and explore family, love, and drama like never before.
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