Peter Ho-Sun Chan's He's a Woman, She's a Man

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Hong Kong University Press, Apr 1, 2009 - Social Science - 164 pages
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This raucous, gender-stretching comedy follows the disruptions of a glamorous Hong Kong music couple's tumultuous romance by an "ordinary" fan's noisy arrival in their lives. With great comic story development, the film confronts social stereotypes of masculine females, male anxieties about homosexuality, and the limits of male femininity. This book offers important background on comedic narrative structure in Cantonese opera and other traditional sources that have influenced Hong Kong cinema.
 

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Contents

1 Comedy and More
1
2 Camera Sound and Music
13
3 CrossDressing GenderBending and Sexual Orientation
31
4 Commerce and Globalization
59
5 Audience
85
Notes
109
Credits
145
Filmography
149
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Lisa Odham Stokes teaches Humanities and Film at Seminole Community College in Central Florida. She is co-author (with Michael Hoover) of City on Fire: Hong Kong Cinema and author of The Historical Dictionary of Hong Kong Cinema.

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