Reviews Cinema: Oct. 18, 1993

TITLE: M. BUTTERFLY

DIRECTOR: DAVID CRONENBERG

WRITER: DAVID HENRY HWANG

TITLE: FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE

DIRECTOR: CHEN KAIGE

WRITERS: LILIAN LEE, LU WEI

THE BOTTOM LINE: Two views of the androgynous East -- one myopic and muddled, the other acute and majestic.

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST IN movies, everything can get blurred: male and female, sex and love, performance and reality. In two new films about China, the gender lines are so tangled that it's hard to tell yin from yang. But it's easy to tell hit from miss. Farewell My Concubine, Chen Kaige's Chinese film that won a top prize at...

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