First Love and Other Pains / One of Them
First Love and Other Pains / One of Them ★★½ 1999
Two gay shorts explore first love. In “First Love” (50 minutes), Hong Kong college student Mark begins an English lit course with a stern British professor, Hugh Graham. Depressed by creative burnout, Hugh is flattered by Mark's attentions and they have a onenighter—at least in Hugh's mind because Mark is looking for a longerlasting romance. Cantonese and English with subtitles. In “One of Them” (47 minutes), two gay teens in the 60s strike up a friendship that makes their small, boring town almost bearable. 97m/C VHS, DVD . Edward Strode, Alex Wong, Ciaran Pennington, Cameron J. Watt; D: Simon Chung, Stewart Main; W: Simon Chung, Peter Wells; C: Ping Hung Wong, Stewart Main.