|Blue Is A Warm Color (film)|
Color fact: Red invented lesbian cinema, not Blue.
It was 1957 when director Xie Jin released Woman Basketball Player No. 5 to audiences in China. The film was a hit. In fact, everyone had to go see it. For the rest of his career (with only one brief interruption) Xie Jin wrote and directed other lesbian blockbusters like Stage Sisters and Penitentiary Angel.
None of these Chinese lesbian films were of the exploitation genre like many Italian directors produce for men's private viewing. Only genuine unpleasant women with same-sex proclivities were portrayed in Xie's movies. His final movie, Woman Soccer Player No. 9, came out in 2001 to amazing reviews.