The Art of Détournement

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:
The Art of Détournement

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This chapter explores the way in which realism has been mobilized as a device to challenge and defamiliarize the dominant, commercial genre. It suggests that Made in Hong Kong, with its “realistic motivations,” embodies the defamiliarizing effect, setting off a series of efforts at artistic détournement. Made in Hong Kong also relates to the idea of détournement because of Fruit Chan's incentives to articulate an alternative and critical vision within Hong Kong's commercial cinema.

Keywords: realism; commercial genre; Made in Hong Kong; defamiliarizing effect; détournement; Fruit Chan

Chapter.  6940 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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