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Resisting the Stage: Imaging/Imagining Ruan Lingyu in Stanley Kwan's Actress

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Gender has figured prominently in the work of director Stanley Kwan, one of several male Hong Kong filmmakers (Tsui Hark and Ching Siu-tung are two others) whose consideration of women and sexuality in the 1980s and 1990s deconstructed the ways that cinema "naturalizes" masculine fantasies and ideologies.
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Keywords: Actress; Stanley Kwan; gender; independence; love; sexuality; society

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Seminole Community College

Publication date: September 1, 2000

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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