Fei (Kai Ko from YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE) works illegally as a gay hustler in order to support his family, yet when he realizes they are willing to accept his money but not his way of life, there is a major breakdown in their relations. Through his relationship to the headstrong Long, Fei seems able to find a new lease on life, but then he encounters Xiaolai, the love of his youth, who confronts him with the guilt of his repressed past.
The directorial feature film debut of C.B. Yi (a graduate of the Vienna Film Academy, where he received tutelage from auteur Michael Haneke), MONEYBOYS is elegantly framed and an affectingly played drama that had its world premiere in this year’s Cannes in Un Certain Regard. Although the story is set in Southern China, the film was actually shot entirely in Taiwan with support from the Taipei Film Commission after the project’s original PRC funding was cut short most likely from its ostensible subject matter.