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Enter the Clowns

Cui Zien

Release year: 2002

Run time: 80 min

Film type: Fiction


When his “father-mother” dies, Xiao Bo finds and rejects Nana, who has changed her sex for him. Nana then begins a dissolute life, moving from man to man, forever unsatisfied. Dong Dong is a student. Her mother, Ru Meng, has changed sex but still lives with her stepfather, Da Yu. Dissatisfied with being "number 2" at home, Da Yu rapes Ru Meng who, helped by her son, takes revenge by raping him back ...


Director biography

Cui Zi’en (born Heilongjiang, 1958) is a film director, essayist, and novelist. He became known in the 1990s as an outspoken queer activist. He is known as an avant-garde underground director in China. His notable films about homosexuality include the documentary Queer China, Comrade China (2009), which deals with changes in Chinese LGBT culture over the last 30 years. He has written books on theory and criticism as well as publishing nine novels in China and Hong Kong, one of which, Uncle’s Past, won the 2001 Radio Literature Award in Germany. He also taught at the Beijing Film Academy.