Yang ± Yin : Gender in Chinese Cinema

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Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema

sexuality male homosexuality gender roles chinese cinema

Yang ± Yin : Gender in Chinese Cinema

Release Date: June 04, 1998

Year    :   1998
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Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   BFI
Director    :   Stanley Kwan
Producers    :   Colin MacCabe
Writers    :   Elmond Yeung
RunTime    :   80 mins.

This highly personal film essay demonstrates that Chinese cinema has dealt with questions of gender and sexuality more frankly and provocatively than any other national cinema. Yang ± Yin examines male bonding and phallic imagery in the swordplay and kung fu movies of the '60s and '70s; homosexuality; same-sex bonding and physical intimacy; the continuing emphasis on women's grievances in melodramas; and the phenomenon of Yam Kim-Fai, a Hong Kong actress who spent her life portraying men on and off the screen.

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