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Hit Taiwan movie tackles Asian taboos

Comedy bromance between homophobic cop, gay ghost reflects increasingly liberal society

Recently deceased gay man Mao Mao, played by Austin Lin, left, and homophobic cop Wu Ming-han, played by Greg Hsu, in a scene from "Marry My Dead Body." (All photos supplied)

TAIPEI -- "After the same-sex marriage bill was passed, we suddenly felt that we could be together for a lifetime," a gay ghost tells his human husband, a handsome and heavily muscled policeman, in the groundbreaking Taiwanese movie "Marry My Dead Body."

This is a line that could not have been delivered before 2019, when Taiwan became the first -- and until now, the only -- Asian government to legalize same-sex marriage. In January, sexual minority rights took another step forward when President Tsai Ing-wen's Democratic Progressive Party administration moved to recognize gay marriages between Taiwanese and non-Taiwanese partners, even when such unions are banned in the foreign partner's native country.

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