Front Cover

Synopsis: Front Cover is about a gay New York City fashion stylist, Ryan, who detests and rejects his Asian upbringing. He is given an assignment to style Ning, a foreign actor, for an important photo shoot. After a rocky start, an unlikely friendship develops between them leading Ryan to examine his identity and make a major decision about an enticing new path for his life and career.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ray Yeung
  5 wins & 6 nominations.
87 min


[brooding horn music]

[bells tolling]

[horn music continues]

[cheery string music]

[techno music rises]

[upbeat techno music]

[energetic techno music]

[shimmery techno music]

[window button clicking]

Driver, step on it.


Oh, thank you.

Hey, Tim.

How are you?

Francesca here yet?

Oh, she can't come.

She had to go to the hospital.

What the f***?

Don't worry.

I'll take care of it.


Good morning, sweetheart.


You said vampire

on a ski slope, right?

It's not finished,


Still got to add

the blue highlights

to her cheekbones,


No, it's just

too geisha-to-Gollum, sorry.

Bloody hell.

Let me see what else I've got.


is Gudlaug ready yet?

She's trying on

the furs.

- Which one?

- Urn, let's see.

Yeah, we'll have her go

with this right here.

- Kay.

- Thank you.

Actually, hold on.


can you cut this pattern

and put it

on her face like this?

And also on

the other side too?


That looks like

an allergic reaction.

Oh, no. Oh, God.

Why didn't you tell us

you were allergic to fur?

It has never

happened before.

Oh, you think

she's enjoying this?

We are screwed.

Um, Tim,

let's change models.

No, no, no,

we're not changing anything.

The client wants her.

She's gonna wear the fur,

all right?

- No, no, don't.

- Just-just wear the fur.

You can't make her wear it.

Look, go see a doctor

immediately, okay?

Are you kidding?

She's not going anywhere.

But she might get

permanent scars.

This is my decision.

If she goes,

I'm gonna sue you and you.

I'll handle it, okay?

You go now, all right?

- Did you hear what I said?

- Yes, I did.

I'm f***ed.

I'm f***ed.

Are you all right?

I screwed up

the last shoot too.

My boss said

this is my last shot.

Gudlaug, darling,

could you be an angel?



[camera shutter clicking]


Did you see

the latest "Mais Oui" cover?


Yours will definitely be

[camera shutter clicks]

[indistinct chatter]

- Oh, hey, Eddie.

- Hi, how was it?

Haunting, beautiful,



Oh, uh, Francesca

wants to talk to you.

It's got to be about

the "Mais Oui" cover.

All right.

The "Mais Oui" cover,

I'm going to give it to Eddie.


But you promised rne

this issue.

Stop whining.

I've got something

better for you.

This is

a perfect match.


Who's this?

Qui See-yow Ning?


Qui? Ki?

How do you say it?

I don't know.

Who is this?

He's an up-and-coming actor

in China.

Don't you know him?

So James is his PH,

and he said his film

is getting a lot of buzz

in the festival circuit,

and he needs a makeover


as you can probably tell.


just give it to Eddie.

No, he only wants to work

with a Chinese person.

What? That's crazy.

You have no idea

how much he's paying us.

Now, that's crazy,

and it's all in cash.

[sad flute music]

The story is

very powerful.

This thing might actually

turn out to be huge.

Let's be realistic.

How big can

a Chinese movie get?

"Crouching Tiger?"

"Joy Luck Club?"


and what else?

"Kung Fu Panda!"


Come here, Missus.


Ah, excuse me.

I can't believe

she gave the cover to Eddie.

I didn't get it

because I'm Asian.

You'll get it one day.

Yeah, what if I don't?

I don't know,

maybe my parents are right.

In America, Chinese people

should only be doctors.

Believe rne, you would have

made a crappy doctor.

Yeah, well, at least

they'd be proud.

Come on, you're not sleeping

on the streets.

I'm almost 30, you know,

and-- and what

do I have to show for it?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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