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This daring short film tackles gay orgies in underground hookup scene

GagaOOLala is Asia’s first LGBTQ streaming platform, with the largest queer film collection in Asia, ranging from full-length movies to short films to TV series, and, slowly but surely, original content.

The platform, which launched in 2017, just announced that it’s expanding its catalogue of original content with the short film Sodom’s Cat.

The film, which runs just over 30 minutes, was shot back in 2016 and has been been touring the film festival circuit for more than one year, earning praise from both audience and critics.

It follows the lives of five young men from Taipei who meet for a group-sex party after contacting each other through a dating app. But the film is about more than just explicit gay sex, it delves into the psychological and emotional consequences of contemporary hookup culture.

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Sodom’s Cat was an immediate critical smash in its home country at the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Iris Prize Award.

The film was directed by Huang Ting-Chun who says he was heavily influenced by the French gay film Paris 05:59. His goal for Sodom Cat is to examine casual gay sex and relationships which are still considered taboo in Taiwanese culture.

“This is a film talking about love through sex,” Ting-Chun says. “Though it is X-rated, it is the emotions behind our current sex culture that I want to explore.”

The work-unfriendly trailer is a little too risque for our site, but you and see it HERE.

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