Magic, Medicine, Cannibalism:

Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh and Neda Hei-tung Ng

in Horror to the Extreme

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099722
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207028 | DOI:
Magic, Medicine, Cannibalism:

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This chapter focuses on two signature horror films from Applause Pictures, Three: Going Home (Peter Chan Ho-sun, 2002) and Three Extremes: Dumplings (Fruit Chan, 2004), and analyzes their new treatments of the transgressive ghosts and ghostly bodies. The mythical and ghostly presence of Chinese migrants is central to the narrative of the two horror films, and yet China is not a wholly negative presence when it comes to problems of survival, competition, and ambition. Here China resurfaces as a desirable alternative to overcome aging, illness, and mortality. However, the Chinese cultural legacy, such as with traditional medical practices, is quickly dissolved and transformed into a monstrous invasion and occupation. Horror, in this regard, displaces the backlash against the market economy's preoccupation with youth, beauty, and fitness.

Keywords: Applause Pictures; Three: Going Home; Three Extremes: Dumplings; ghosts; ghostly bodies; aging; illness; immortality; medical practices

Chapter.  5663 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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