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A Woman Is a Woman


Director: Maisy Goosy SUEN (孫明希)

2018|Hong Kong|93min|Language: Cantonese, English|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue Guest
3/8 (Fri) 14:10 *Sold Out Cine Libre Umeda 4
3/15 (Fri) 18:30 Cine Libre Umeda 4
A Woman Is a Woman
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Amanda LEE (李蕙敏)
Tomo KELLY (黄家恒)
Buber MAK (麥詠楠)
Koyi MAK (麥芷誼)
Sunny TANG (鄧汝超)

Sung Chi Yu has been happily married for 10 years but has kept a secret from her husband Chi Hung and step-daughter Lai Kei: she is a transwoman. Everything falls apart when her husband discovers this secret. Meanwhile, Lai Kei develops her first emotions for love towards her male classmate Chiu Ling Fung but he is hiding his own battle with gender identity. Since childhood, he has dared to think and behave like a girl but never dared to reveal it to his religious and conservative family who tell him to act like a man. In his teenage years he finds himself exploring the notion of love and identity with the help of an imaginary ideal feminine image named Rose. She springs from his heart and walks by his side through many hardships. Both Chi Yu and Ling Fung will have to overcome the prejudice of others to find happiness in themselves.

By interweaving the stories of two characters struggling to be themselves, the film helps audiences understand and empathise with LGBTQ people and their quest for acceptance.

Director’s Message/Statement
Transwomen are women, they simply want to be treated as a woman, no more, no less. They are human beings looking for themselves, looking for understanding, looking for life, living their lives; always trying, always searching for the light. And so I know without reservation that I must make this film, explore their stories, and that I, like them, must search for identity. A Woman Is A Woman. That’s it. My vision is to create cinema that provokes the audience to understand transgender; to create cinema that makes transgender visible ; to create cinema that connects different gender groups to love and respect each other ; to create cinema that eliminates the age-old stigmatization on them.