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Gender Bender Asian Dramas and Movies

Updated on September 19, 2011

A List of Asian Dramas and Movies with the Gender Bending Theme

For some reason there has been an upsurge of gender bender stories in contemporary Asian dramas and movies lately. It may be due to the increasing popularity of manga and anime which have long been tackling the gender bending theme so now the live adaptations of these stories are naturally following suit.

If you think about it, the concept of a girl disguising as a boy has been done so many times in Asian history and literature - an example would be the well-known epic tale of Hua Mulan. Also, Asian actors and actresses can easily pull off these kinds of roles since there are a lot of androgynous looking males and females in this part of the globe.

If you're looking for stories with the somewhat controversial theme, here now is a list of gender bender movies and dramas that I know of (so far). Make sure to choose your favorite one in the poll below.

Image contains photos of Yoon Eun Hye as herself and as Eun Chan in Coffee Prince

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Gender Bender Asian TV Drama Series

Ikemen Desu Ne (2011) - Japanese Dorama (Romance / Comedy)

Ikemen Desu Ne
Ikemen Desu Ne

Ikemen Desu Ne is a Japanese remake of the hit Korean gender-bender drama You're Beautiful, keeping the story line, songs, and characters intact. Japanese actress Takimoto Miori stars as Sakuraba Miko, a nun who is left with no choice but to pinch hit for her twin brother Sakuraba Mio and pose as a male rock star in a popular idol band called A.N.JELL. Tamamori Yuta plays the headstrong Katsuragi Ren, the band's leader who opposes the addition of a new member in the beginning. He is the first to discover that his new bandmate Mio is actually female so he ends up being her only confidante. After much twists and turns, they end up falling in love. The other A.N.JELL band members are played by Fujigaya Taisuke as Fujishiro Shu and Yaotome Hikaru as Hongo Yuki.

Broadcast period: July 15 to September 23, 2011

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Ouran High School Host Club (2011) - Japanese Drama Series (School / Romance Comedy)

Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club is a Jdorama based on a manga series by Bisco Hatori. The story revolves around Fujioka Haruhi (Kawaguchi Haruna), a scholarship student at the prestigious Ouran High School, who chances upon some male students who've formed the Ouran Academy Host Club, a group of six male students who gathers to entertain female "clients". Haruhi accidentally breaks an expensive antique vase and ends up owing the club a lot of money. In order to pay her debt back, she has to pose as a male host. The live-action TV series of Ouran began airing in Japan on TBS on July 22, 2011 and, along with Kawaguchi, also features Yusuke Yamamoto as Tamaki Suou.

* Watch Ouran High School Host Club online with English subs

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) - A South Korean Period Drama Series (Romance / Comedy)

Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Sungkyunkwan Scandal is based on a novel by Jung Eun Gwol. Set in Sungkyunkwan University in the late Joseon era during the reign of King Jeongjo and it revolves around the exploits and love stories of four young students.

When her younger brother's illness worsens and their family is in danger of being evicted from their house for lack of money, Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young) enters the school under his name, disguised as a boy in her desperation to support him. There, she becomes friends with the intelligent and upright Lee Sun Joon (Mickey Yoochun), the playboy Goo Yong Ha (Song Joong Ki) and rebellious Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah In).

Broadcast period: Aug. 30 to Nov. 2, 2010

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal Photo Book

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You're Beautiful (a.k.a. He's Beautiful) (2009) - A South Korean TV Drama Series (Romance / Comedy)

He's Beautiful
He's Beautiful

The plotline of You're Beautiful circles around the fictional idol group A.N.JELL and its members. The management company insisted on adding a fourth member, a new vocalist since lead singer Tae Kyung (Jang Geun Suk) was having some vocal difficulties. However, the new member Go Mi Nam had to leave for the US for an emergency eye operation but since being a member of A.N.JELL was the opportunity of a lifetime, his manager arranged for Mi Nam's twin sister Mi Nyu (Park Shin Hye), a nun, to pretend she was his brother.

Tae Kyung and Kang Shin Woo (Jung Yong Hwa) accidentally find out early on that she is a girl and they individually help protect her identity though fourth band member Jeremy (Lee Hong Ki) is left in the dark.

Broadcast period: Oct. 7 to Nov. 26, 2009.

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You're Beautiful DVD
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Mendol (2008) - A Japanese TV Drama Series (Comedy)

Mendol
Mendol

Mendol: Ikemen Idol's story revolves around three ordinary girls - Wakamatsu Asahi (Kojima Haruna), Kawachi Nami (Takahashi Minami), and Otawa Hinata (Minegishi Minami) who aspire to become idols but they keep failing in their auditions. One day, they witness a serious crime, and they are forced to flee from the culprits. Fortunately, they are saved by a producer who is willing to let them debut, but they have to hide their true identities and dress up as boys instead.

Broadcast period: Oct. 10 to Dec. 26, 2008.

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The Painter of the Wind (2008) - A South Korean Period TV Drama Series (Romance)

The Painter of the Wind
The Painter of the Wind

Shin Yoon Bok (Moon Geun Young) is a talented painter who disguises herself as a boy so she can search for her father's murderer. She meets an artist master, Kim Hong Do (Park Shin Yang) who guides her into becoming a great painter. The two develop a strong friendship as mentor and disciple.

Broadcast period: Sep. 24 to Dec. 4, 2008

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Bold Beautiful Woman (a.k.a. Wo De Guang Tou Sui Yue) (2008) - A Chinese TV Drama Series (Romance / Comedy)

Bold Beautiful Woman
Bold Beautiful Woman

Extremely distressed by her fiance's betrayal, He Xiu (Su Yan) was afflicted with sudden hair loss. Having no job, no boyfriend, and no hair, He Xiu is almost at the breaking point until a stranger saves her from herself. She gets back on her feet and begins looking for a job. However, people at her new job sees her as a (bald) man. Since no one is willing to hire a bald woman anyway, she does not correct them and decides to dress up and act like a male.

Broadcast period: March 2008.

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The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (2007) - South Korean TV series (Comedy / Romance)

Coffee Prince
Coffee Prince

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince revolves around the tomboyish Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye), a young woman who works many jobs to keep her family afloat. Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) meanwhile is the heir of a big food company but his grandmother wants him to settle down so she arranges blind dates for him. Eun Chan and Han Kyul meet by accident. He mistakes her for a boy and decides to hire her to be his gay lover to avoid the arranged dates. Desperately in need of money, Eun Chan accepts. Han Kyul was also left in charge of reviving a filthy coffee shop and he opts to hire only good-looking men at the cafe to ensure women customers. Eun Chan begs to work at the coffee shop and not long after, feelings between the two begin to spark.

Broadcast period: Jul. 2 to Aug. 27, 2007

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Coffee Prince DVD
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Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (a.k.a. Hana Kimi) (2007) - Japanese TV Series (High School Romance / Comedy)

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

Based on a popular comic, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (or Hana Kimi) is a hilarious comedy that follows the chaos that ensue at a boys' boarding school after a girl -- disguised as a boy -- enrolls in it. Ashiya Mizuki (Maki Horikita) had just arrived in Japan from California where she was raised to look for Sano Izumi (Shun Oguri), a high jump athlete who has quit after an accident. She wants him to get back into the sport and vows not to return to America until he jumps again so she enrolls in the all-boys' school he attends. In school she befriends Nakatsu Shuichi (Ikuta Toma) who finds himself strangely attracted to Mizuki which leads him to think that he may have homosexual tendencies.

Broadcast period: July 3 to Sep. 18, 2007

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Hanazakarino Kimitachihe (a.k.a. Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu) (2006) - Taiwanese Romance /Comedy TV Series

Hanazakarino Kimitachihe
Hanazakarino Kimitachihe

Hanazakarino Kimitachihe, also known as Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu, is the Taiwanese adaptation of the Japanese manga Hana Kimi (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e).

After watching a high jump competition on TV, Lu Rui Xi (Ella Chen) was so inspired by a high jumper named Zuo Yi Quan (Wu Chun) that she decides to transfer to his school which happens to be an all-boys school so she disguises herself as a boy to get accepted. In school, Rui Xi befriends Jin Xiu Yi (Jiro Wang). One day during a friendly soccer match, Rui Xi is knocked unconscious by Xiu Yi. Quan carries her to the infirmary and realizes that Rui Xi is in fact a girl but he keeps her identity a secret. At the same time, Xiu Yi starts to question his own sexual orientation when he finds himself having feelings towards Rui Xi.

Broadcast period: Nov. 19, 2006 to Mar. 4 , 2007

* Watch Hana Kimi (Taiwan) online with English subtitles.

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Princess Princess D (2006) - Japanese Comedy TV Series

Princess Princess D
Princess Princess D

Fujimori Gakuen is an elite all-boys boarding school with a unique Princess system: each year three freshmen are chosen to become the school princesses, attending school functions and cheering the clubs and teams dressed as girls to the spirits of the students, who are not able to regularly see girls in the school grounds.

Mikoto Yutaka is one of the chosen for Princess duty in his junior year, along with students Yujiro Shihoudani and Tooru Kouno. He is hesitant to join the Princess system at first but just as Mikoto he was about to ease into his role, the mysterious Otoya Hanazono transfers to the school. Dissatisfied with the current Princesses' half-hearted efforts and accusing the Student Council of being neglectful of the students' wishes, Otoya creates his own team (the Dark Princesses) to rival the Princesses, and nominates himself candidate for the New School Council.

On this entire list, this is the only drama wherein boys dress up as girls instead of the other way around.

Broadcast period:June 28 to September 15, 2006

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My Bratty Princess / Mischievous Princess (a.k.a. Diao Man Gong Zhu) (2005) - A Chinese Period TV Series

Mischievous Princess
Mischievous Princess

My Bratty Princess, also known as Mischievous Princess revolves around the mischievous Situ Jing (Jang Na Ra) and her companion A Lian (Jung Jae Yun) and their series of adventures. They find out that Situ Jing is a princess belonging to the former royal family. To protect her family's reputation outside the home, Situ Jing dresses as a man and calls herself Xiao Long Xia. Concerned about the plight of the refugees which the officials have been ignoring, she comes up with various schemes to help them.

Emperor Zhu Yun (Alec Su) befriends Xiao Long Xia after he learns that the money she has conned and stolen from others is being spent on the refugees. Meanwhile, The Lord of Yunnan's son, Bai Yun Fei (Lu Xing) is betrothed to Princess An Ning (Bao Lei), sister of Emperor Zhu Yun.

An unlikely friendship develops between the Emperor, Xiao Longxia and Bai Yu Fei, each pretending to be someone else to the others. Palace and court intrigues, rebellion and assassination plots abound.

Broadcast year: 2005

* Watch My Bratty Princess online with English subtitles.

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Asian Gender Bender Movies

Mulan (2009) - A Chinese Period Romance Movie

Mulan (2009)
Mulan (2009)

Directed by Jingle Ma, the historical action epic Mulan revolves around eponymous folk heroine Hua Mulan (Zhao Wei), the filial daughter who famously adopted male guise to take her elderly father's place in the battlefield. Defying her father's wishes, Mulan risks death to answer the conscription call in his stead. Faced with the dangers and heartaches of war, Mulan grows into a great warrior and general while working hard to keep her true identity a secret. The legend of Mulan has been adapted into numerous small and big screen productions including a Disney movie.

Screened in theaters on November 2009

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Mulan
Mulan

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The Butterfly Lovers (Liang Shan Bo Yu Zhu Ying Tai) (2008) - A Hong Kong Period Romance Drama

The Butterfly Lovers
The Butterfly Lovers

The Butterfly Lovers is a Chinese legend of a tragic love story between a pair of lovers, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai whose names form the title of the story. The title is often abbreviated to Liang Zhu and is often regarded as the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet.

A young woman named Zhu Ying Tai disguises herself as a man to attend a school in Hangzhou. On her way there, she meets a fellow traveller and schoolmate named Liang Shan Bo. They become good friends and swore to be honorary brothers. For three years, they study and live together yet Liang never realizes that Zhu is a woman. Before their graduation, Zhu asks Liang to visit her in her hometown and promises to marry her "fictitious" younger sister to him. When Liang arrives, he was ecstatic to discover her true identity. However, their hopes for marriage is soon dashed when they learn that Zhu's parents had betrothed Zhu to their schoolmate Ma Wen Cai. Liang dies because of a broken heart. On Zhu's wedding day to Ma, she tears off her wedding gown and throws herself against Liang's grave, which opens up and envelopes Zhu. Then, from the tomb, a pair of butterflies emerges.

Screened in theaters in 2008.

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Dororo (2007) - A Japanese Fantasy Film based on a manga by Osamu Tezuka

Dororo
Dororo

In Dororo, the hero Hyakkimaru (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is a wandering "demon hunter" whose extra body parts -- 48 to be exact -- were grafted onto his head and trunk by an herb doctor (Yoshio Harada) who discovered him as an infant. His warlord father (Kiichi Nakai) gave the originals to 48 demons in exchange for power. When Hyakkimaru kills a demon, he wins back a body part.

He is spotted in one of these battles with a giant spider demon by Dororo (Kou Shibasaki), a scrappy female thief who is fascinated by not only Hyakkimaru's prowess with the sword blade poking out of his arm but the new leg he grows after dicing his opponent. Dororo dresses, talks and swaggers like a guy, but she obviously has more than a friendly interest in this strange, fearsome but good-looking bionic warrior. She proves herself a fearless ally but Hyakkimaru decides he must go it alone when he finally encounters his most relentless enemy, his own father. Meanwhile, Dororo realizes that her pal is the son of the man who killed her father and left her an orphan.

Release Date: January 6, 2007

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The King and The Clown a.k.a. The Royal Jester (2005) - Am award-winning South Korean movie

The King and The Clown
The King and The Clown

Based (in part) on actual events, King and The Clown is set during the reign of King Yonsan, a brutal tyrant who was dethroned in 1506. Jang-sang (Gam Wu-seong) and Gong-gil (Lee Jun Ki) are a pair of clowns who earn a living by performing street plays for the lower classes. Their manager often prostitutes the androgynous and effeminate Gonggil to rich customers and Jangsaeng is sickened by this practice.

Forced to flee to Seoul after an unfortunate incident, the duo joins forces with a local troupe and it's not long before Jangsaeng gets the idea to perform a play that mocks the King and his favorite concubine Nok-su. They are arrested for treason but Jangsaeng makes a deal with Choseon who turns out to be one of the King's servants. The deal: they will perform the skit in front of the king and make him laugh but if they fail, they are to be executed. Fortunately, they succeed in making the king laugh but he also soon falls for the beautiful male Gonggil which enrages Jangsaeng, even though it's not explicitly stated that there is more than friendship between the two minstrels.

This film was submitted to the Oscars by Korea as an entry for the best foreign film category. Release date in South Korea : December 29, 2005

Note: Special thanks to Scar4 for letting me know about this movie!

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He's a Woman, She's a Man (aka Gam Chi Yuk Sip) (1994) - Hong Kong Romance / Comedy Film

He's a Woman, She's a Man
He's a Woman, She's a Man

Wing (Anita Yuen) is a sassy girl who deeply idolizes Rose (Carina Lau), a pop singer and Rose's boyfriend, top record producer and song-writer Sam (Leslie Cheung). Having already groomed a female star, Sam decides to announce a country-wide, male-only talent search. Wing, desperate to meet her idols, seizes this opportunity and enters the contest disguised as a male. Her doting brother (Jordan Chan) trains her to perfect this whimsical idea.

As fate would have it, Wing succeeds in the audition thanks to the poor quality of those auditioning and in part to Rose's taunts. Rose challenges Sam to see to the idea of him bringing up a (relatively) talentless Wing. Wing is later invited to stay at Sam and Rose's home for her (his) musical education. Wing tries unsuccessfully to reconcile the two lovers' differences and trouble and comedy ensue as she finds herself falling for Sam and vice versa, despite him thinking she is a he.

Released in theaters in 1994.

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He's A Woman, She's A Man
He's A Woman, She's A Man

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Who's the Woman, Who's the Man (a.k.a. Gum Gee Yuk Yip 2) (1996) - Hong Kong Romance / Comedy Film

Who's the Woman, Who's the Man
Who's the Woman, Who's the Man

Who's the Woman, Who's the Man? is a 1996 Hong Kong film directed by Peter Chan and a sequel to the 1994 hit He's a Woman, She's a Man.

The film picks up exactly where the first film left off. Now living with his songwriter boyfriend Sam (Leslie Cheung), Wing (Anita Yuen) is now a popular "male" singer, with her female identity still well disguised. When Wing unintentionally expresses her love for Sam during an award acceptance speech, Sam has to scramble to find a new girlfriend for his star in order to calm the gay rumors. He finds Fan (Anita Mui), a neighbor who was once a megastar herself. Complications arise when Fan also falls in love with Wing, not realizing that "he" is actually a "she".

Released in theaters in 1996.

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      saloni 5 months ago

      Bromance is an amazing show, which is also gender-bending.

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      Drama wierdo 23 months ago

      I really dont know that much of tawanese dramas but you sould really watch (JUST YOU) trust you will love it

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      dramafreak 2 years ago

      hi anonymous so I don't know if u found that movie u were searching for 24 monthago but it sounds like a movie called 'iron road'. I think its Chinese and its awesome. =D

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The main problem that I have is that i know, what the movie is about (the one I want to watch) but i don't know the name of the movie. The facts that i know is that the movie has: gender bender, romance and historical. He (she) works in a mine or some sort and no one knows that he is a she, but somehow the son of the mine owner finds out and they fall in love when he's father finds out that he wants such a low class girl he wants to kill her but it fails......

      I have seen this movie around 6 years ago and i never seen it again. If anyone knows the name of the movie can you please help me out. (unfortunately i don't know whether it's Chinese, or Korean or whatever because then i was not able to distinguish between them... Sorry)

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      Satores 4 years ago

      I forget the tv show because it got canceled..never really watched it myself but it involved dressing good looking guys as girls..and then I believe the audience and a panel would vote for who made the prettiest girl....I guess it would be called a variety show or something..I'm not certain if it was just a small segment of an entire show or just a show in itself but I know it was a Japanese tv show..some of them actually made convincing girls..its was kinda creepy..lol....some of the audience/panel would say...no way that's a guy....he's so cute..and such..I saw a small scene of the show on a website but i think its been removed by now..

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      Satores 4 years ago

      I don't understand why they don't more boy to girl cross dress..they do it in manga and anime all the time..but in live drama its usually girl to boy..is it just they can't find actors willing to do it or is it just very difficult because it requires high level acting...the reason I don't like girl to boy gender benders is they usually are almost all the time highly aware of their true gender and so they don't fully immerse themselves in their characters..its not even acting for me it's a shallow lie trying to be conceived as having real depth..for an example..if a girl disguised as a boy goes inside a boys changing room she will probably highly awkward and try not to get embarrassed but a guys disguised as a girl has to worry about being exposed on a higher level...I just don't believe its equal tension and risk..its seems riskier for a male to be exposed than female.. but that is what makes it interesting

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      Satores 4 years ago

      to be honest...the idea of a girl disguising/acting like a boy is so played out..its not interesting since women wear pants and even act masculine in real life its not really interesting at all...perception is not just as important as skill level..it would be harder and more interesting to see male actors play the role of women..you need a certain look and level of skill to conceal the true male gender...even if they make such movies where a male "cross dresses" in a film the female counterpart is usually played by a female actress..thus not truly cross dressing anyway...very few actors could pull it off but I've seen maybe two actually do it and make convincing women..but it makes for a far more interesting drama..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The poster of the Butterfly Lovers in this post does not correspond to the synopsis! The poster's Butterfly Lovers is a movie where the woman, Zhu Yanzhi and the man, Bro Shan were studying martial arts. The story resembles Romeo and Juliet. The synopsis given is for another Butterfly Lovers, a version i much preferred. Since i can't post link just google on with Peter Ho and Angel as main casts..

      Hope you'll be changing the post? include the butterfly lovers drama please? I honestly like it better than even the 1st shop of coffee prince, sungkyunkwan scandal and you're beautiful! Though the ending sucks for meee :((

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There was a series in the Philippines shown on 2011 which also has a gender bender theme. Please do check it out also,.. "My Binondo Girl". The main cast, the girl dress like his died twin brother just to get affection from her long lost Chinese father. She also have three men whose inlove with her. Please do check it out.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this helped me out nd made me happy,i love this so much

      THANK YOUUUUUUU^^

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Eternal Happiness and also Treasure Venture

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      sushilkin lm 5 years ago

      Nice Lens, Thanks for sharing. Keep it up.

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Love this!! So many things to add to my growing list of cinema to watch. :)

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      I haven't seen any of these, but I like gender bending themes in general, like in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. ^^

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've watched Ikemen Idol, Coffee Prince, Both Hana Kimi, Your Beautiful, and just finished SKKS recently. They are alllll awesome :"> I kinda lean towards gender bending dramas because it's more interesting than your average romance. :P I'm planning to watch Mulan and the others sooner or later.

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      Arquinn 6 years ago

      I like this kind of theme in stories, i don't know why

      may because I find it cute

      I have watched coffee prince already. It is cute and funny! I am currently looking forward to watching the painter of the wind

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      A bizarre trend, to say the least!

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      miriamjimenez 6 years ago

      Love it!!! I'm big fan of Korean movies & tv series. Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      PangWasHere 6 years ago

      Great rant! For some reason, I can't help but read your lenses. They are really interesting and well-written.

      From this, I have learned that in gender bender genre, rarely will you find a guy disguising as a girl.

      I would like to watch some of the featured dramas/movies here.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge about this topic.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      Wang-ui Namja or The King and the Clown (South Korean film), starring Lee Jun Ki. I watched it many times and was crazy about it until now! Hope you like it too!

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      dancerene 6 years ago

      Haha... I was crazy over Hana Kimi at one time but I never realise there are so many such gender bender stories in Asian cinema & drama series though I've watched quite few you mentioned. I think such stories are quite common in Japanese manga comics too? Chinese stories such as the Butterfly Lovers and Mulan have been around for decades and maybe centuries, I think.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Here is a movie theme that I'd never heard of.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Very interesting topic. recently I saw a TV reporter doing a news clip about a girl posing as a boy because of family so they could get her a decent education and better money revenue. That was weird, at 6 years old you could pass for other gender...but as time goes it is more difficult. Anyway, thank you for introducing this new "genre" to me:)

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      @jimmielanley: I hear you Jimmie! There are some who are able to pull it off (or sometimes the great acting distracts me from remembering that she's actually a she) but most of the time, I think the actresses are way too pretty to look like men.

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      What amazes me about the movies I've seen is that the women who are posing as men do not in any way look like men. Through the whole movie I'm thinking, "WHAT? How can they not SEE this is a woman?"