In recent years, with the establishment of the Hong Kong Film Archive and growing scholarly interest in the history of Hong Kong cinema, previously neglected historical documents and difficult-to-access films have offered new research materials. As Hong Kong film history comes into sharper focus, its inextricable links across the decades to Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan, the United States, and to the far reaches of the Chinese diaspora have also become more evident. Hong Kong’s connection with Hollywood involves ties that bring together art cinema and popular genres as well as film festivals and the media marketplace with popular transnational genres.
Giving fresh and facsinating insights into the vibrant area of Hong Kong, this exciting new book links Hong Kong with world film culture both within and beyond the commercial Hollywood paradigm. It emphasizes Hong Kong film in relation to other cinema industries, including Hollywood, and demonstrates that Hong Kong film, throughout its history, has challenged, redefined, expanded, and exceeded its borders.
Table of Contents
Introduction: From the Hong Kong New Wave to the Hong Kong Indies 1. Hong Kong Independent Film Goes to America Staci Ford 2. Do We Hear the City?: The Voice in Hong Kong Cinema Esther Cheung 3. Re-imagining HK-China from the sidelines: Fruit Chan's Little Cheung and Durian Durian Wendy Gan 4. Reimagining the Femme Fatale: Gender and Nation in Fruit Chan’s Hong Kong Hollywood Feng Pin-Chia 5. The Indies and Their Avatars: Tracking the Relationship between Hong Kong Indy Directors, Funding Institutions, and Their Publics Nicole Hess 6. Discussion of Modern Films and the Hong Kong Experimental Scene Roger Garcia and John Woo 7. Interview with Tammy Cheung on Hong Kong Documentaries Amy Lee and Nicole Hess
Sex in the Asian City 8. Urban Intimacies in Yau Ching's Ho Yuk: Let's Love Hong Kong Denise Tse Shang Tang 9. The Ground beneath Her Feet: Fault Lines of Nation and Sensation in Yau Ching’s Ho Yuk: Let's Love Hong Kong Olivia Khoo 10. Cyber sex as Pseudo-Science: The Artist's Search for Sex Spaces in Hong Kong (and Beyond) Katrien Jacobs on Isaac Leung 11. The Mistress: Hong Kong and Female Sexuality Patricia Erens Hong Kong/Mainland Connections 12. Rocks on the Road to Beijing Zhou Xuelin 13. Independent Production, Alternative Circulation and the Chinese Underground Films Cheng Kwok Hung 14. The Question of the Audience in Contemporary Chinese Films and Videos Zhang Yingjin
Gina Marchetti is on faculty in Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. Her other books include Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction (1993), and From Tian’anmen to Times Square: Transnational China and the Chinese Diaspora on Global Screens, 1989-1997 (2006).
Tan See Kam is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Macau, Macao SAR, China. He is Vice-Chair of the Asian Cinema Studies Society. His research interests cover media communication in the areas of film, cultural and gender studies. He is the author of Chinese Connections: Critical Perspectives in Film, Identity and Diaspora (with Feng and Marchetti).