CHEN Hung-i, Muni WEI
fiction / queer / play / Shakespeare
This film transposes Shakespeare’s play to Taiwan in near future. It is reminiscent of Japan Takarazuka plays as women take both male and female roles in a heterosexual romantic relationship — Japanese dialogues and animation images which often appear also stimulate this association. The strength of this film lies in the female actors in different generations, especially middle-aged women’s solid and impressive performance.
The film sets on a virtual internet-free zone in today’s Taipei, where nobody can even imagine an unwired life, and illustrates print shots, mail delivery, and calligraphy as significant elements of mise-en-scene. Although this looks unfamiliar initially, it not only revives the set-up of the original play of Shakespeare but also tells us that the past and future are not that far away in our imagination. In so doing, it alludes that the women’s world presented in the film might exist in another universe.
Four couples in the film all get married based on heterosexual relationships. However, what attracts the audiences’ attention more is the partnership between Celia and Rosaline beyond a close friendship and more like romantic love. Specifically, Celia’s smiling face with a fake mustache we can see in the middle of the film reveals certain beauty beyond the social demand to equate sex and gender. Various queerness created by each woman playing heterosexual romance also let us interpret As We Like in diverse ways. [KIM Hyojin]
Born in 1967, Taiwan. Chen Hung-i and his feature films — including his debut Candy Rain (2008) — have been awarded multiple times.
Born in 1964, Taiwan. Muni Wei, a theatre director, producer and filmmaker, is the founder and director of Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group and the founding member of Creative Society.
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