He's a Woman, She's a Man (1994) Hes a Woman Shes a Man

He's a Woman, She's a Man Directed by: Peter Chan, Chi Lee
Starring: Jordan Chan, Leslie Cheung, Eric Tsang, Anita Yuen

Tagline: "A sex mix up comedy"

This movie is the story of the no. 1 fan of a pop star called Rose and her manager Sam and what she ends up doing to try and meet them.

Sam is getting sick of managing Rose and decides to hold auditions to recruit an 'average' man. The friend of the fan says that she should try out for the audition as she can disguise herself as a man, however she is not too keen on this at first and her Bert and The Count hand puppets have an argument to try and decide whether she should try out for them.

On the day of the audition Sam is having a fight with Rose and she dares him to hire the person who is auditioning who happens to be the protagonist. Although she is nervous, she decides to call herself Wing and things seem to go according to plan for her; until later, that is.

With all the reality shows such as American Idol and Popstars, this movie can be viewed as a parody of the genre. It has the classic audition scenes (including a cameo by Maggie Cheung) and the usual story of the number one fan falling in love with the star.

Another thing I liked about this movie is that it can also be seen as a comment on the many Canto-pop stars who go on to star in movies and how they were originally discovered.

I liked the main character as she is really gawky and not what you would expect in a leading lady. My favourite supporting character was her boyfriend as he cares for her, but she doesn't really seem to appreciate him.

I would recommend this movie if you want something different than the average romantic comedy that seems to be the norm nowadays.

Rating: 7/10

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