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Program Title: Yang & Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema
EASC Code: CY-01
Series Title: The Century of Cinema
Region/Country: China, Hone Kong, Taiwan
Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Subject: Gender/Women's Studies, Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
Director: Stanley Kwan
Producer: BFI TV in association with Media Asia Distribution Ltd.
Release Date: 1996
Running Time: 80 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "Stanley Kwan's highly personal film essay demonstrates that Chinese cinema--made in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China--had dealt with questions of gender and sexuality more frankly and more provocatively than any other national cinema. From the emphasis on same-sex bonding and physical intimacy in Sun Yu's The Highway (1934) to the recent fashion for casting actress Brigitte Lin as men or transsexuals, issues of sexual identity have always been at the forefront of Chinese films. Framed in candidly autobiographical terms, the documentary features interviews with directors (including John Woo, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee and Tsui Hark), actors and critics. It incorporates clips from some 45 Chinese films, including brief glimpses of Kwan's own features Rouge, Full Moon in New York, Actress and Red Rose, White Rose."
Data Entry Date: 9/8/1999