"Of the three filial offenses, failing to maintain the subsequent generation is the worst.”
– Confucian Teaching
“Frog” Cui and his gay friends are torn between the lures of city life and the stern demands of Chinese tradition. They live in cosmopolitan Beijing, reveling in the freedom that it affords them. But traditionally, a Chinese son’s solemn duty is to produce a child and carry forward the family line. That China’s laws limit most families to a single child only compounds the pressures on gay men. Many resort to sham marriages.
When his mother arrives to find him a girlfriend, Frog, 28 years old, understands that he cannot delay much longer. “Some of my gay friends have married lesbians,” he confides. “At the wedding, I saw how happy their parents were.”
Long Ze, even as he relishes his sexual life with men, lashes out against gays who refuse to marry. “That attitude is selfish, completely selfish . . . If you live your whole life for yourself, not for your parents,” he says, “how are you going to fulfill your responsibilities as a Chinese man?”
Frog’s good friend, Xiang Feng, has asserted that he will come out to his parents on his next visit home. But when he and Frog travel the thousand miles into the Chinese countryside to the family village, events do not unfold as planned.
The film is directed by Ruby Yang who, together with producer Thomas Lennon, won a documentary Oscar in 2006. Yang Yishu was field producer and cinematographer.