A Movie About Falling in Love with a Qing Dynasty God is Showing at Tribeca Film Festival This Week

“Kiss of the Rabbit God” comes from Andrew Thomas Huang, who also just directed FKA Twigs’ new music video for “Cellophane”

Ever fallen in love, in love with someone you shouldn’t have fallen in love with? An unusual love story is at the heart of a new short film from Chinese American director Andrew Thomas Huang. Entitled Kiss of the Rabbit God, the movie is “about a Chinese restaurant worker who falls in love with an 18th century Qing dynasty god”, and is showing as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s N.O.W. selection in New York on April 25 and 30.

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兔兒神 “Kiss of the Rabbit God” a film about a Chinese restaurant worker who falls in love with an 18th century Qing dynasty god. Premiering at Tribeca N.O.W. at #Tribeca2019 screening April 25, 6:30pm and April 30th 5pm at the festival. Link in bio for more info. Directed by @andrewthomashuang Produced by @saranassim Starring @mrtaedoo & @jfcting Cinematography by @the_rinayang Production design by @stellathediver Costume design by @stephstrate Hair makeup and adornments by @ladysoulfly Sound design by @nathan.ruyle Fx makeup by @ojalavision & @ambermfx_ Colorist @earth_to_greg Executive Producers @sara11may & @lildiff Supported by @nowness & @cinereach A @collider__ production

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The god in question is 兔儿神 (“Tu er Shen”), “a Chinese deity who manages the love and sex between homosexual people”, according to Wikipedia. That entry goes on to note that, “In 2006, Lu Wei-ming founded a temple for Tu’er Shen in Yonghe District in the New Taipei City in Taiwan. Roughly 9,000 gay pilgrims visit the temple each year praying to find a suitable partner. The Wei-ming temple also performs a love ceremony for gay couples at the world’s only religious shrine for homosexuals.”

And here are the details for the screenings. Continue to read the full article on RADII.


– This article originally appeared on radiichina.com