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Somewhere I Have Never Travelled

A film about the lives of and relationship between two teens, a high school-aged boy and his younger niece. The movie begins by showing the nature of their relationship to each other, their family, and what makes them kindred spirits. It then jumps ahead about five years, when the boy discovers there is more to life than basketball and working in the family’s candy store, but his niece is not so sure she likes the new complication.

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Saving Private Tootsie

Inspired by a real-life event in December 1998, this action-packed comedy follows a group of Katoeys (ladyboys) caught in a border dispute after their plane crashes. A group of six straight soldiers reluctantly takes on a mission to save them- but first they must attempt to cast aside their personal prejudices in order to tackle the task.

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Spring Fever

The protagonist is a private investigator hired to spy on a man who is having an affair with another man. However, the investigator becomes entangled in a love triangle with the boyfriend of the man he’s investigating and his own girlfriend.

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Star Appeal

The story revolves around a young man from the planet Mars, who is known as E.T., who arrives on Earth totally naked, and soon befriends a young Chinese man, Xiao Bo, who takes him home and teaches him several languages, mathematics, geography, world history, art and the natural sciences. The two become increasingly close, and eventually fall in love. The Chinese man is bisexual, and has both a boyfriend and girlfriend who befriend E.T., and also fall in love with him. The girl tries to conceive a baby with E.T., after which he falls into a coma.

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Salo

Rene is supporting his ailing grandmother by running the family business. His grandmother’s friend is constantly trying to set him up with various women, hoping that he’ll finally settle down. What she doesn’t know is that Rene is gay and that he’s in love with his driver, Levi.

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Sukitomo

Story about two boys, a girl and an unusual love triangle. Drama following a young boxer Tomokazu and his relationship with his best friend Yoshiko and sister Misao as while he’s training for an important match. His sister and friend have always been there for him, supporting him, but Tomokazu is about to find out that not everything is as simple as it may seem.

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Stateless Things

Jun is an illegal immigrant from North Korea, working in a gas station under an exploitative and abusive boss. Hyeon is the kept boy of a married businessman, who has set him up in a swanky apartment near the government’s headquarters in Yeouido. Both young men are in trouble. Jun’s lack of an official identity and papers limits him to dead-end jobs (the gas station, handing out flyers, and eventually male prostitution) and leaves him always in fear of arrest and deportation. Hyeon, who is supposed to be available whenever his sugar daddy “needs” him, stifles in his up-market “prison”. These two finally find each other through an Internet site, with disastrous results. The sudden convergence of their opposite lives gives Kim the cues he needs for a series of reflections on the implications of “statelessness”.

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