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Did a specific Hong Kong star actor’s name pop out in your mind when you saw the front picture of this article?

Sorry to let you down but the actor is not who you think he is, he is Chinese actor called Ye Yue. Aside from his resemblance to legendary actor Leslie Cheung, he is as talented an actor as Leslie once was. Ye Yue dedicates his career to art films with his distinctive style of acting. His recent performance in The Taste of Betel Nut even helped the film to be nominated in the Panorama category of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival!

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The Taste of Betel Nut surrounds the story between two men and a woman. It is mainly about an aquarium employee Li, Qi and a model/ imitator-singer Ren, Yu are two best friends since they’re young. One summer, they meet a college girl named Bai Ling. Whether it’s the feverish season or the mischievous hormones’ doing, the three of them fall into the spiral of desires and relationships. A series of chaos and miseries then follow and all result in a twist no one sees it coming……


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A familiar figure pops up in the movie, despite it is not Leslie Cheung himself, the figure most certainly attracts many audiences’ attention. The figure is a Chinese actor called Ye Yue!

Ye Yue holds a great personality and outstanding sense of the present, so it is no surprise to see the roles he has played or the works he played in were also very unique and special in a way. His career starts in several independent film productions. In 2013, he first got the attention of the public for his leading role in The Man Under the Skywalk. He made an impressive interpretation as the odd, unpredictable painter in the internet series Two Idiots in the following year. The sculptor is another film he played the protagonist and got well-noticed by the public in the same year.


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Not only does his name start to be seen nationwide, but some of his later works also made their way to the international discussion. Like his 2015 movie Hand Artist was premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2015. A few years later, he once again got recognized for his role in the film The Taste of Betel Nut. A film that centers on the issues like human moral principles and homosexuality, which was nominated in several International film festivals, such as the Panorama category of the 67th Berlinale, Hong Kong, Seattle, and Huston!

Moreover, the director of The Taste of Betel Nut, Jia Hu revealed that Ye Yue did remind him of Leslie Cheung in the qualities like the appearance and the way he talks. After seeing his smile, he said to himself “he is what I am looking for in my character, I want him to be in the narrative.”


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After the director’s complimentary, and the actor as looks just like Leslie Cheung, and also internationally critical-acclaimed guarantee, are you excited to see The Taste of Betel Nut? Fans that enjoy art films or want to reminisce actor Leslie Cheung should not miss this film The Taste of Betel Nut, now available on GagaOOLala!


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