Wai-Tung is a gay male who, in the beginning of the film, has trouble getting anyone to take him seriously. His tenants don’t pay rent on time; his lover, Simon, won’t make time for him; and he’s constantly threatening to fire his employees in order to get anything done.
Wai-Tung is fighting for his masculine identity on many fronts. In implicit imagery of Wai-Tung’s demasculinization, Lee shows Wai-Tung needing to be held by Simon; Wai-Tung driving his compact car and getting cut-off by an aggressive female driver is a Jeep; and he failing to initiate kissing or intimacy with Simon.
Because the character of Wai-Tung is gay and the “man” of the relationship, he bears an extra burden:
In contrast to Wai-Tung, Simon plays a more effeminate role. He cooks; wears an apron, clingy black tank tops, and jeans; and his earring is prominently displayed. He has