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Introduction: History beyond the Death Trips

Esther M. K. Cheung

in Fruit Chan's Made in Hong Kong

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099777
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206953 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099777.003.0001
Introduction: History beyond the Death Trips

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This book focuses on Fruit Chan's film Made in Hong Kong (1997), a typical story of disaffected youth and the morbid trips they take. In the history of world cinema, the disaffected youth is a well-recognized trope used to illustrate symptoms of the problems of contemporary cities. Like other similar films, Made in Hong Kong is an indictment of a society where youth express their urban angst and disillusionment. While the “cruel tragedies of youth” are fundamental to any big city, they always embody local specificities. The youngsters' death trips allegorize the concluding chapter of British colonial history in Hong Kong. It is this allegorical reference to the 1997 handover that places the film in the category of “New Hong Kong Cinema.”

Keywords: Fruit Chan; Made in Hong Kong; disaffected youth; British colonial history; Hong Kong; New Hong Kong Cinema

Chapter.  6074 words. 

Subjects: Film

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