- When: April 26, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Opera Center, 330 7th avenue, New York, NY
Qiu Yun is the pretty daughter of two travelling actors who grows up to star in a national theatre company. She becomes known for her male roles in traditional operas, particularly for her performance as the mystical Zhong Kui, the king of ghosts. As Qiu’s real and fictional worlds merge, director Huang Shuqin questions identity and gender.
Woman, Demon, Human (1987) is considered to be the first feminist film in China and is the first by Huang Shuqin to garner international attention. The film tells the story of Qiu Yun, an opera actress who effectively plays male roles, particularly that of Zhong Kui, and her personal struggles over gender identity and conflict resolution within her family life. The film constantly portrays its protagonist, based on real-life actress Pei Yanling, as actively struggling with Chinese gender norms.
Moderator: Julie Tay