||Homosexuality has been a controversial topic globally for the last decade. Many countries have slowly
accepted the emergence of homosexual relationships, some more than others, but in some countries
it remains a sensitive subject. For mainland China, it is generally believed that the Chinese government adopts a ‘3-no’ policy – no approval, no disapproval, and no promotion.1 Homosexuality has mainly
been developing as an underground phenomena. Homosexuality in Hong Kong on the other hand is
much more visible and relatively more accepted than in mainland China. Taiwan has been the most
progressive region, developing a visible homosexual subculture and literary movement. In this thesis I look at the historical development and the cinematic development of homosexuality in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and specifically at the portrayal of homosexuality in two Chinese-language films, Stanley Kwan's Lan Yu and Zero Chou's Ci Qing.