He’s a Woman, She’s a Man

He’s a Woman, She’s a Man (1994) is a Chinese film directed by Peter Chan Ho Sun. The Chinese drama is about  a young woman named Wing who is a really big fan of  pop star Rose. She ships* Rose with her boyfriend/ music manager/ and songwriter Sam. The music manager decides that he wants to find a man to transform into a pop idol. Wing hears about this and decides to masquerade as a man so she can meet her idols. Sam picks Wing (masquerading as a man) as his protege. Wing becomes close with both Sam and Rose. The music manager starts having romantic feelings toward “male” Wing, which makes him question his sexuality. He’s a Woman, She’s a Man “straightens” out the queer possibilities of Sam/”male” Wing, but the romantic storyline leaves an opening for viewers to explore.

i would recommend my readers to watch the Chinese film if they love Chinese cinema, are interested in gender masquerading, want to explore queer subtext, are fans of Chinese Pop Star culture, and/or want to peek into fan culture in China. I don’t know if I would label He’s a Woman, She’s a Man a feminist film, but Chan Ho Sun explores interesting themes of womanhood and reveals how the notion of gender is just a construct.

*Ship meaning a romantic couple that a fan really loves.

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