A Companion to Hong Kong Cinema. Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas

  • ID: 3327619
  • Book
  • Region: Hong Kong
  • 640 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A Companion to Hong Kong Cinema represents the first comprehensive exploration of this unique global cinema. By embracing the interdisciplinary approach of contemporary film and cultural studies, this collection navigates theoretical debates while charting a new course for future research in Hong Kong film.

Featuring original contributions from both established and emerging film scholars, these essays offer cutting–edge theoretical perspectives on a broad range of established and emerging topics in the field and reveal how evolving approaches to historiography, sexuality, and colonialism have shaped our understanding of Hong Kong film history. The book also poses philosophical questions concerning how we understand what we see on screen in Hong Kong cinema and how we make sense of this knowledge.  Building on this theoretical framework, the volume explores various aspects of Hong Kong film culture within geographic, aesthetic, institutional, cultural, and scholarly contexts. Innovative and thought–provoking,A Companion to Hong Kong Cinema is an essential resource on the state of contemporary scholarship relating to one of the most dynamic cinematic traditions in the history of international film.
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Acknowledgments x

Notes on Contributors xi

Foreword xviiiAckbar Abbas

Introduction 1Esther M.K. Cheung, Gina Marchetti, and Esther C.M. Yau

Part I Critical Paradigms: Defining Hong Kong Cinema Studies 15

1 Watchful Partners, Hidden Currents: Hong Kong Cinema Moving into the Mainland of China 17Esther C.M. Yau

2 The Urban Maze: Crisis and Topography in Hong Kong Cinema 51Esther M.K. Cheung

3 Hong Kong Cinema as Ethnic Borderland 71Kwai ]cheung Lo

4 Hong Kong Cinema in the Age of Neoliberalization and Mainlandization: Hong Kong SAR New Wave as a Cinema of Anxiety 89Mirana May Szeto and Yun ]chung Chen

Commentary: Dimensions of Hong Kong Cinema 116Sheldon Lu

Part II Critical Geographies 121

5 Hong Kong Cinema s Exotic Others: Re ]examining the Hong Kong Body in the Context of Asian Regionalism 123Olivia Khoo

6 Animating the Translocal: The McDull Films as a Cultural and Visual Expression of Hong Kong 140Kimburley Wing–yee Choi and Steve Fore

7 Globalizing Hong Kong Cinema Through Japan 168David Desser

8 Creative Cinematic Geographies Through the Hong Kong International Film Festival 185Cindy Hing ]yuk Wong

9 Postmodernity, Han Normativity, and Hong Kong Cinema 207Evans Chan

Commentary: Critical Geographies 225Stephen Yiu ]wai Chu

Part III The Gendered Body and Queer Configurations 235

10 Feminism, Postfeminism, and Hong Kong Women Filmmakers 237Gina Marchetti

11 Love In The City: The Placing of Intimacy in Urban Romance Films 265Helen Hok ]sze Leung

12 Regulating Queer Domesticity in the Neoliberal Diaspora 284Audrey Yue

Commentary: To Love is to Demand: A Very Short Commentary 303Shu ]mei Shih

Part IV Hong Kong Stars 305

13 Return of the Dragon: Handover, Hong Kong Cinema, and Chinese Ethno ]nationalism 307Paul Bowman

14 Transitional Stardom: The Case of Jimmy Wang Yu 322Tony Williams

15 Camp Stars of Androgyny: A Study of Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui s Body Images of Desire 341Natalia Siu ]hung Chan

16 Cooling Faye Wong: A Cosmopolitical Intervention 359Kin ]Yan Szeto

Commentary: Hong Kong Stars and Stardom 379Gary Bettinson

Part V Narratives and Aesthetics 389

17 Making Merry on Time: A Feast of Nostalgia in Watching Chinese New Year Films 391Fiona Yuk ]wa Law

18 A Pan ]Asian Cinema of Allusion: Going Home and Dumplings 410Bliss Cua Lim

19 Double Agents, Cameos, and the Poor Man s Orchestra: Music and Place in Chungking Express 440Giorgio Biancorosso

20 Documenting Sentiments in Video Diaries around 1997: Archeology of Forgotten Screen Practices 462Linda Chiu ]han Lai

Commentary: The Dynamics of Off ]Centeredness in Hong Kong Cinema 489Yingjin Zhang

Part VI Screen Histories and Documentary Practices 499

21 The Lightness of History: Screening the Past in Hong Kong Cinema 501Vivian P.Y. Lee

22 The Tales of Fang Peilin and Zhu Shilin: From Rethinking Hong Kong Cinema to Rewriting Chinese Film History 523Ain ]ling Wong

23 The Documentary Film in Hong Kong 539Ian Aitken and Mike Ingham

24 Representations of Law in Hong Kong Cinema 560Marco Wan

Commentary: Cinema and the Cultural Politics of Identity: Hong Kong No More? A Commentary on the Verge of Postcolonial Locality 577Stephen Ching ]kiu Chan

Filmography 585

Index 602

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Esther M. K. Cheung
Gina Marchetti
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