LOOK: 10 Chinese BL and Queer Shorts to Watch This Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is just around the corner, and you’re in the mood for some BL and queer shorts to spice up your celebrations. BLtai has recommendations that are sure to tickle your fancy and make your holiday a little more fabulous.

As the Lunar New Year approaches, it’s the perfect time to celebrate love and diversity in all its forms. Here are some captivating Chinese BL (Boy’s Love) and queer short films that you can enjoy during this festive season:

1. ‘Stay With Me’ (CHINA)

Su Yu, a high school student who lives a simple life with his father, faces a major change when his mother remarries a wealthy man, introducing him to his step-brother Wu Bi. Despite their initial differences—Su Yu being a cold and arrogant top student, while Wu Bi is an unreasonable underachiever—their relationship takes an unexpected turn after an accident. As they gradually warm up to each other, their bond grows stronger. However, when a heated fight arises, their true identities are revealed…

Watch ‘Stay With Me’on GagaOOLala.

 

2. Stay Still (HONG KONG)

The story takes place in an old-style tenement building in Hong Kong. Hayden, a new tenant, encounters Damien after helping his grandmother, and their relationship becomes entangled after an unexpected kiss. Additionally, it tells the story of Kelvin and Archie, who reunite after losing contact in high school.

Watch ‘Stay Still‘ on GagaOOLala.

 

3. Forever 17 (TAIWAN) 

After his partner of 40 years passed away, memories flood Ricky whenever he tidies up their bed. A flashback shows the love story between Ricky and Roger, and the story re-imagines a future: in 2029, Hong Kong legalises same-sex marriage.

Watch ‘Forever 17’ on GagaOOLala.

 

4. Komorebi (TAIWAN)

Jhe-Ming returns to Tainan to celebrate his mother’s birthday. Currently in his thirties, single, and the only male heir to his family, Jhe-Ming’s unmarried situation always seems to be his mom’s favorite topic. Throughout the years, he’s tried to avoid the relationship conversation at all costs. But this time things are a bit different ─ he is finally married to a man he’s been with for 7 years. Should Jhe-Ming finally come clean to his mother?

Watch ‘Komorebi’ on GagaOOLala.

 

5. Honey Sir (CHINA)

Blued’s original web series of the year. With a total of 7 episodes, Honey Sir is a brand new rom-com series brought to you by the creators of Mr. X and I. The plot is based on the 7 real-life Chinese gay love stories; from a secret crush to puppy love, coming out to starting a family, the show promises to deliver non-stop laughter and tears. Featuring 7 pairs of gorgeous men, the series has the potential of becoming a modern Chinese BL classic.

Watch ‘Honey Sir’ on GagaOOLala.

6. Fragrance of the First Flower (TAIWAN) 

Yi-Ming lives alone with her son, as her husband works away from home. She meets Ting-Ting at a wedding, a girl she once had some history with back in high school. Back in the days, Yi-Ming denied their relationship out of fear of living as a lesbian woman, but meeting Ting-Ting again reignites something in her, a possibility to escape her dull married life. Now that Taiwan has legalized same-sex marriage, can Yi-Ming find the courage to admit her feelings? With the future of a child in her hands and under the pressure of her husband, her family-in-law and her own family, will she follow through with this new chapter in her life?

Watch ‘Fragrance of the First Flower‘ on GagaOOLala.

 

7. Pure Vanilla (SINGAPORE) 

Gabriel struggles to make sense of Charlie’s feelings for him as the two navigate their budding romance. Temperatures heat up when an old friend, Alex, unexpectedly enters their lives, raising questions about their future together.

Watch ‘Pure Vanilla‘ on GagaOOLala.

 

8. Xiao Lin (CHINA) 

Every gay person goes through a process of discovering their own identity. Caught between their truest self and the family and societal pressure around them, which should a college student still in the middle of this process choose?

Watch ‘Xiao Lin’ on GagaOOLala.

 

9. About Youth (TAIWAN) 

Ye Guang is an elite high school student and a popular campus idol, while Xu Qi Zhang is an exemplary guitarist who normally has a weak sense of existence but completely transforms himself when on stage. The two boys have completely different backgrounds and values but when they compete in the election battle for the throne of the student president, it seems there may be more attraction than animosity between the two. 

Watch ‘About Youth’ on GagaOOLala.

 

10. Shall We Dance (TAIWAN)

Hanni and Ziyou have a crush on each other that reaches the height of its intensity. Hanni is inseparably glued to Ziyou and takes care of everything in her life, but a misunderstanding makes Ziyou want to avoid Hanni. Like a silent waltz, the two enter a speechless game. Back and forth, one takes a step forward as the other retreats. Can they ever share a brighter day?

Watch ‘Shall We Dance’ on GagaOOLala.

 

These series and shorts not only offer a diverse range of stories and perspectives from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore but also provide a unique insight into the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals in these regions. Remember to stay safe, have fun, and always be true to yourself. Happy watching, and happy Lunar New Year!

 

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