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Visualizing Hong Kong: Diasporic Cinematic Gaze on the 1997 Handover

Kenneth Chan

in Remade in Hollywood

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090552
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207356 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090552.003.0002
Visualizing Hong Kong: Diasporic Cinematic Gaze on the 1997 Handover

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This chapter examines the 1997 British handover of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China through the works of three Hong Kong diasporic filmmakers: Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together (1997), Wayne Wang's Chinese Box (1997), and Evans Chan's The Map of Sex and Love (2001). All three films, though narrative in convention, rely on the power of cinematic visuality to decipher 1997 for themselves and to rewrite a Hong Kong that enables them to negotiate from afar the shifting notions of home, culture, and identities, as British colonial Hong Kong became the new Hong Kong SAR.

Keywords: British handover; Hong Kong; People's Republic of China; Happy Together; Chinese Box; The Map of Sex and Love

Chapter.  9632 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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