Shu Qi’s directing “tiger’s door” (1996) is more directly referring to the “Fascination” of the string actors. For example, the renowned Cantonese opera actor Leng Jianxin (Xiao Fangfang) who often performs in male costume has a group of enthusiastic and loyal female fans (like the “Brother Liang”, “Brother Ren Jianhui“, “Dragon Jiansheng“, “Chen Baozhu”… Even Waise Lee’s gay comrades could not control their emotions and cast their feelings on the cold sword heart.
But in Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine (1993), Zhang Guorong’s Peking Opera star Cheng Butterfly Clothes is basically a “woman” who falls in love with his brother Duan Xiaolou (Zhang Fengyi). The film also describes how Cheng Butterfly Clothes “become” a woman, and his rival to Yuan Siye (Ge You) is also Cheng Yi. After wearing makeup, the dress is carried out in a danjiao manner (to dilute and avoid the possibility of male love), so Cheng Diyi dress can only be regarded as a stereotyped reproduction of male homosexuality with no subjectivity and “trapped in the male body” under heterosexual prejudice at most, and easy to wear is also reduced to the display of this prejudice. However, in this regard, director Xu Ligong’s “Night Running” (2000) has its merits, at least it no longer reflects the gay desire in the opera, so that boys and men can love each other. As for Yang Fan’s “A Dream in the Garden” (2001) (English translation of “Peony Pavilion”), the film tells the story of Suzhou in the 1930s, with the extraordinary appearance and excellent Kunqu attainment of the moon tower Geisha Cuihua (Miyazawa Li Hui ornament) married into the local luxury home, but suffered from the neglect of the family. Ronglan (Wang Zuxian decoration) is a relative of Rongjia, a professional school teacher, although for his daughter there is a man’s wisdom, enthusiasm and ambition. Cuihua and Ronglan have the same temperament after meeting each other, and the performance of Kunqu Opera “Peony Pavilion” is a perfect combination of beads. They gradually become ambiguous. However, they are still women after all, Cuihua refused to be lonely and opera performers have deviant behavior and was expelled by Rongjia, forced to temporarily borrow Ronglan to settle down.