He's a Woman, She's a Man

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  • 1995
  • 7.3  (1,260)

He's a Woman, She's a Man is a 1994 romantic comedy-drama from Hong Kong, directed by Peter Chan and starring renowned actors Leslie Cheung, Carina Lau, and Anita Yuen. The movie tells the story of a talented songwriter named Sam (Leslie Cheung) who meets the beautiful pop star Fanfan (Anita Yuen) and becomes obsessed with her. Sam submits a demo tape to her record company with hopes of working with her, but Fanfan's manager suspects Sam is just another admirer and dismisses him.

Determined to work with Fanfan, Sam dresses up in drag and enters a singing competition under the name of Xiao Bao, pretending to be a woman. Sam manages to become a finalist in the competition because of his talent, and Fanfan's manager believes Xiao Bao is the next big star. Fanfan takes things into her own hands when she discovers that Xiao Bao is really Sam, which complicates their relationship even more.

In the meantime, the ambitious television producer Kassey (Carina Lau) is looking for a transvestite singer for her new television show. When she sees Xiao Bao perform, she believes she has found her star, and she begins pursuing Xiao Bao relentlessly. Xiao Bao accepts the role and becomes a superstar overnight, which leads to more misunderstandings and complications.

The movie explores themes of gender identity and sexuality through the character of Sam/Xiao Bao, who suffers from a struggle between his attraction to Fanfan and his fear of being rejected for his feminine identity. There are also scenes of romance between Sam and Fanfan that are both heartbreaking and charming at the same time. The supporting roles of Kassey and other characters add to the drama of the movie, creating an intricate web of relationships and complex emotions.

The movie is notable for its witty dialogue, catchy music, and excellent performances by the actors. Leslie Cheung shines in the role of Sam/Xiao Bao, bringing a depth and sensitivity to the character that makes the audience root for him. Anita Yuen delivers an impressive performance as Fanfan, capturing the innocence and vulnerability of a pop star trying to make her way in the world. Carina Lau's portrayal of Kassey is both conniving and endearing, making the audience love to hate her.

Visually, the movie is also stunning, with vibrant colors and beautiful cinematography that capture the energy of Hong Kong. The musical numbers are particularly impressive, showcasing the talents of the actors and the choreographers. The catchy songs will stick with you long after the movie is over.

Overall, He's a Woman, She's a Man is a delightful movie that manages to balance drama, comedy, and romance in a way that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. The movie's exploration of gender and sexuality is still relevant today, and its message of acceptance and love is truly uplifting. It is no wonder that this movie became a classic of Hong Kong cinema and remains popular with audiences worldwide.

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