He’s A Woman, She’s A Man

Leslie Cheung headlines Peter Chan’s classic romantic comedy touching on homosexuality and gender identity

Peter Chan’s fourth feature gave Leslie Cheung one of his first romantic comedy lead roles, playing a temperamental music producer determined to propel his new male protégé (Anita Yuen) to stardom, not knowing that he’s actually a woman. Complications of the heart follow, the film daringly exploring themes of homosexuality and gender identity taboo at the time in Hong Kong, with Chan subverting genre expectations and transforming farce into delightfully provocative satire. The winner of multiple awards on its release in 1994, He’s a Woman, She’s a Man was made during Cheung’s temporary retirement from music, giving fans a chance to hear him sing on screen, including the iconic ballad Chase, which like the film itself has become a beloved classic.



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