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  • Português (Portugal)
  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
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  • País: Taiwan
  • Tipo: Movie
  • Data de Lançamento: Dez 31, 2014
  • Duração: 44 min.
  • Pontuação: 7.3 (scored by 240 usuários)
  • Classificado: #7566
  • Popularidade: #10267
  • Classificação do Conteúdo: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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Story: The premise of this movie is about a young adult becoming a masseuse in order to pay for his grandmother's medical bills. In the beginning, the MC refused to do more than legit massage, even though his boss and male customers occasionally ask him to perform "extra" services. MC kept insisting he wasn't gay and even called a female friend to engage in a make-out session that went south quickly.

MC was fond of one frequent client in particular, who seemed to share his feelings, so MC finally relented in one of these sessions, which culminated in them having sex. Little did he know that it would be the last time MC would see him again. The boss found out and figured that if MC was open to sex with men, that he would also provide the same sexual service to other clients and started booking him for such. Unfortunately for the MC, the clients were lacklustre at best, and greasy or even violent at worst, that he decided to quit after there was no longer a reason for him to keep making money.

Which brings us to the crux of the movie: I find this movie is less about MC accepting his sexual orientation and more about his relationship with his grandmother. I had to commend the MC for being so young and yet understand the concept of filial obligation even when his parents abandoned him when he's a child. The gentle attitude and caring he showed towards his grandmother, even though she mistook him for his useless father, brought me to tears.

MC's genuine concern for his grandmother is a rare sight among youth. Even though she hid all the medicine that he bought specifically for her with his hard-earned money, he stuck by his grandmother. Sometimes even adults would have just left their ailing parents in a nursing home somewhere.

Acting: Very good considering MC and grandmother are amateur actors. Their characters are believable because of their acting.

Music: Average.

Rewatch value: You don't really need to watch this more than once. Especially when it's such a sad story.






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Saunas to hide gay sex from public view in Taiwan, despite having gay marriage recognized?

If you type "gay massage" in one of the internet search engines, you may be surprised by the numerous private spas in Taiwan that offer gay-friendly professional masseuse services in the field of physical and tantric massage.
There are not a few customers, of all races, ages and body types, as the managers of these establishments assure in online promotional advertisements and on printed posters placed in public places, who go daily to these centers where they can Select to your liking, among the handsome male masseuses, from which of them you want to receive first-class sensual massages. They even "marry" this sex worker, and every time they visit the sauna they will request the services of their favorite masseuse.
Cinema has told stories about the world of massages in the gay environment. The 2005 Filipino film 'Masahista' ('The Masseur'), ​​by Brillante Mendoza and with a script co-written with Boots Agbayani Pastor, paves the way to present stories about boys who work as masseuses in a sauna with homosexual clientele.
This film was followed by others such as "Spa Night", a 2016 American independent drama film, written and directed by Andrew Ahn, and set in Los Angeles, California, which follows the story of a closeted Korean-American gay teenager who accepts a He works at a Korean spa to help his struggling family and discovers an underground world of gay spa sex that both scares and excites him.
'The Younger', the 2014 Taiwanese medium-length film, presents the story of Chen Hao (Chen Hao-Chin), about twenty years old, poor and without financial resources, who is forced by circumstances to work as a masseuse in a local restaurant. sauna type in the Sanchong district, where homosexual people go.
Unintentionally, the young man enters a prostitution ring that uses a massage parlor as a cover. In it he discovers that the 'extra services' offer large sums of money. He makes the decision to work after not receiving a response to his request to the Taiwanese government for assistance for low-income people. In addition to not finding a suitable job, his grandmother, Chen Hao Zhi, suffers from Alzheimer's, and the young man cannot pay the high medical bills, food for her, or his own support.
Initially, the attractive young man accepts a job at the spa, but discovers that his colleagues, instigated by the owner of the establishment, offer special services that are not included in the massage program.
At this point it would be good to ask ourselves: Why do these saunas continue to exist today in which Taiwanese homosexuals seek sex hidden from public view, when, since 2019, the legislation of that island recognizes marriage for same-sex couples?
The objective of today's gay spas on Taiwanese soil are the same as in 2014, when 'The Younger' was filmed: in addition to offering a means of subsistence to their sex workers while they "entertain" the clientele, these centers serve as a more liberal and tolerant universe to hide the transgression of traditional Taiwanese values ​​by its homosexual clients in a society that, even today, after homosexuality and gay marriage have been legalized, coming out is still not well received in most conservative Taiwanese families, who reject the homosexuality of their children.
Even though equal marriage and same-sex sexual relations are legal; LGBT+ people and households headed by LGBT+ couples are not yet eligible for the legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. That is to say, despite the evident achievements in the matter, discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and other members of the community continues in Taiwan.
Chen Hao will face a moral dilemma for doing what he does. In that fight, who will be the winner? Ethics, his status as a kind and hard-working young man, or the need to get ahead? How many examples like this are there in real life both in Taiwan and the rest of the world? Isn't it the function of cinema, and art in general, to entertain, but also to show our realities, no matter how hard they are?
Initially, the boy refuses to offer these services requested by the regulars, but if he seeks to receive more generous tips to be able to get ahead with his life and that of his grandmother, he understands that he cannot limit himself to normal massages, but has to contribute the "extra" that his clients and, especially, his boss demand from him. This is how he gives in and earns illegal money, "on the outside", through unspecified erotic services.
However, his work makes him discover that he has an instinctive desire for the male body, so he begins to enter into relationships, bringing chaos and complications to his life.
Or would it be correct to say two lives? Yes, the young man lives two parallel lives: an exemplary grandson with economic problems who seeks to empower himself with a decent job, and a gay prostitute immersed in a world of saunas that offer homosexual services.
However, the creators of the medium-length film will not leave the boy to his fate and will not allow him to go down the drain into a much colder and darker hell, and throughout the dramatic changes he will experience, they will ensure that Let us be aware, as viewers, of Chen Hao's difficult situation by maintaining unconditional empathy with the character, whom they will seek to save despite his mistakes and bad decisions.
The boy falls in love with one of the clients, who also seems to have feelings for him, with whom he experiences, in one of the massage sessions, a brief, but first, warm and tender sexual experience. When the owner of the establishment discovers what happened, pressure increases for the young man, already open to having sex with men, to provide the same sexual service to other clients.
With images of explicit sex, the colors in dark tones, sepia and yellow, serve to define the narrative, identify the mood of the characters, and even manipulate the viewer's attention, to expose the grandmother's illness and the insecurities and the naivety of the young man, while he has sexual encounters with several men who come to the sauna looking specifically for him, keeping his life and his work in an erotic limbo from which he wants to get out, but which sucks him back to the bottom.
In this microcosm, the film wants to show us the drive of a young man who would do anything to keep his grandmother healthy, and how in the process he discovers his sexual orientation.
The obsession with the beloved client, the idea of ​​the need to escape due to his rejection of the work he does, the desert sensation, of aridity, that surrounds the life of the protagonist, and the representation of otherness, are represented in a strong symbolic load. behind the yellowish walls used in the film.
In this journey about life, the discovery and acceptance of sexual identity, the film intersperses two parts: one in which the protagonist boy takes care of his beloved grandmother, the only relative with whom he lives, and another that is his I work as a masseuse.
In this kind of tribute to saunas, those places so frequently associated with the homosexual world and where very diverse things happen, Chen Hao embarks on a journey of discovery, facing the pain of being powerless to guarantee the health and life of his loved one, but above all to questions about love, life and survival.

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Detalhes

  • Movie: The Younger
  • País: Taiwan
  • Data de Lançamento: Dez 31, 2014
  • Duração: 44 min.
  • Classificação do Conteúdo: 18+ Restrito (violência e palavrões)

Estatísticas

  • Pontuação: 7.3 (avaliado por 240 usuários)
  • Classificado: #7566
  • Popularidade: #10267
  • Fãs: 688

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