In Search of the Ghostly in Urban Spaces<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 Urban Spaces*

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This chapter focuses on the spectral spaces in Made in Hong Kong. It explores the feeling of estrangement or homelessness with reference to two major kinds of uncanny city spaces which provoke questions about presence/absence, visibility/invisibility, and appearance/reality. They are the low-cost public housing estates and the old neighborhoods in Hong Kong. These urban spaces, whether they are indoor domestic spaces or outdoor ones, are cinematically represented through the manipulation of light and darkness, warped space, shadows, and abject images.

Keywords: spectral spaces; Made in Hong Kong; estrangement; homelessness; city spaces; urban spaces

Chapter.  7152 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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