Image of movie Moneyboys
Image of movie Moneyboys


C.B. Yi
Austria, France, Belgium, Taiwan 2021
120 min
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The debut feature by C.B. Yi provides an intimate look at a milieu seldom examined in Chinese cinema – the tight-knit community of gay hustlers who ply their trade in Beijing. MONEYBOYS explores the inherent conflict between China’s rapacious capitalism and the homophobia at the heart of both traditional and Communist belief systems. The film centers on Fei, a hustler who sends much of his money back home. But while returning to his village to visit his ailing grandfather, Fei is humiliated by his father’s friends, including Fei’s own uncle. They want his dirty money, but prefer to disavow him completely.
Life back home now impossible, Fei fully commits himself to his milieu of gay hustler friends. He eventually hooks up with Long, a young man from his village who has moved to Beijing to start over. But he has never gotten over Xiaolai, his mentor and first love, who disappeared after being brutally injured while protecting Fei from a violent john. Yi adeptly conveys the urban alienation that typifies life in Beijing.
While displaying the influence of such master filmmakers as Tsai Ming-liang and Hou Hsiao-hsien, MONEYBOYS announces the arrival of a significant new voice in cinema. (Michael Sicinski)

In the presence of C.B. Yi and members of the team.

C.B. Yi: XIAO BAOBEI (2011, K)

  • Kai Ko - Liang Fei
  • Chai Ming-Hsiu - Uncle of Fei
  • JC Lin - Han Xiaolai
  • Chloe Maayan - Lu Lu, Liang Hong, Li Yu
  • Yufan Bai - Liang Long
  • C.B. Yi
  • Jean-Louis Vialard (A.F.C.)
  • Yun Xie-Loussignian
  • Hjalti Bager- Jonathansson
  • Karim Weth
  • Dieter Pichler
  • Yun Xie-Loussignian
  • Huei-Li Liao
  • Zoe Wang
Zorba Productions, Flash Forward Entertainment, Panache Productions & La Cie Cinématographique, KGP Filmproduktion

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