In Search of the Ghostly in Context<sup>*</sup>

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:
In Search of the Ghostly in Context*

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This chapter examines the surreal and ghostly elements in Fruit Chan's films. Hong Kong in Chan's “Handover Trilogy” is frequented by surreal, ghostly intrusions of various kinds. They are the allegorization of recalcitrant elements of the past that resist erasure. The surreal in Chan's films evokes the heavy weight of melancholic sentiment in “The Swan” and reminds us of the ambiguous status of the ghostly subjects. As ghosts always return with a story to tell, the ghostly subjects in Chan's films stubbornly persist in the space of the present that does not want them.

Keywords: surreal elements; ghostly elements; Fruit Chan; Handover Trilogy; The Swan; ghostly subjects; ghosts

Chapter.  6194 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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