Century of Cinema (1995–1998)
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Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema 

Naamsaang-neuiseung (original title)


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Episode credited cast:
Cheh Chang
Kaige Chen
Leslie Cheung
Peggy Chiao
Allen Fong Allen Fong
Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Yan Kin-Fai Yan Kin-Fai ... Herself (archive footage)
Ang Lee
Bruce Lee ... Himself (archive footage)
Tony Rayns Tony Rayns ... Narrator
Pak Suet Sin Pak Suet Sin ... Herself (archive footage)
Lung Ti
Ming-liang Tsai
Hark Tsui
John Woo


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gay interest | china | filmmaking | See All (3) »






UK | Hong Kong


Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nansheng-nüxiang See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Once You Close Your Eyes, It Is All Over
24 April 2010 | by tedgSee all my reviews

This is a mess, something made with some sort of self-exploration in mind, inaccessible to us.

The subject is males who play women or womanish roles in films. The stance of the film is that there is such a thing as discrete homosexuality and gender identity and that the Chinese are adventurous, far more so that the west. But it keeps stumbling over itself as the interviewed Chinese seem not to understand the framework. They just do what has been done, incubated in a culture that was parallel to the one that developed the rather stringent roles we as say Americans are working with.

We had the curse of Pauline Christianity and all that flows, shaping gender and sex in a uniquely western model gilded with guilt. There is much to explore in that model. And much to explore in the Chinese one. But to smash the two together and pick and choose as a matter of self-justification – well, that's perverse.

Some of the film segments are lovely.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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