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10 Ratings

Woman Demon Human

Ren gui qing

Directed by Shuqin Huang
China, 1987


The fictional life and career of a famous actress in Chinese opera, a woman who goes against tradition by specializing in playing male roles, especially that of Zhang Kui, a benevolent ghost who appears in several Chinese operas.

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Woman Demon Human Directed by Shuqin Huang

Critics reviews

No wonder that, in Huang’s most accomplished and resonant work, she expresses the plight of an exceptionally gifted young woman who strives, in a performing art world dominated by men (her father, her teacher her inconsequential husband), to accomplish her dream: playing on stage, in full opera make-up, the role of the benevolent (male) demon Zhong Kui. Femininity as double masquerade, indeed.
September 07, 2015

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