Jun Li's first feature film, Tracey (2018), will be released next Friday, November, 16th. The Golden Horse Award winning actor Philip Keung plays a transgender woman with a difficult relationship with his wife, Golden Horse Award winner Kara Hui. GagaOOLala documentary series Queer Hong Kong, interviewed this talented gay director back in May.
"There is nothing in this world that has nothing to do with gender," said Jun Li, director of Tracey. In other words, gender is not just about gender, but about all aspects of social culture, and this argument should be proved in Jun Li's own life.
In the documentary, the host Vincci (卓韻芝) asked Jun Li when he found our he was gay. Jun Li replied, "I don't really remember when I was not gay." He said that his first crush in secondary school was already a boy.
Queer Asia - Hong Kong still Vincci (left), Jun Lin (right)
After growing up, Jun Li realized there are more aspects to love beyond gender. He travelled to New York to meet with his African-American boyfriend, and soon realize that not only homophobia but also racism would be very present in his life.
Jun Li combines his career as a director with acting roles, such as in the short film After Erection (2017) about the lust and love between two young boys. His films as director, Liu Yang He (2017) and Tracey vividly exposed the confusion and sexual desifre of mid-age queers. These are all real stories of different stages of life mixed with real social issues.
Looking back ar your gender life, what is holding you back or pushing forward?
There are four sets of episodes in Queer Asia, focusing on the LGBT communities of Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, and Vietnam.