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Affective Spaces in Hong Kong/Chinese Cinema

Ackbar Abbas

in Cinema at the City's Edge

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099845
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206731 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099845.003.0002

Series: TransAsia: Screen Cultures

Affective Spaces in Hong Kong/Chinese Cinema

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This chapter examines the problematic nature of urban space and its confusing transformations. It follows in some detail affective spaces and spatial affects in a number of recent films, set in cities like Hong Kong and other Chinese cities where space is being rapidly transformed. It discusses four examples of “cinema at the city's edge”: Fruit Chan's Durian, Durian (2000), Zhang Yuan's Crazy English (1999), Wong Kar-wai's 2046 (2004), and Alan Mak and Andrew Lau's Infernal Affairs, Part I (2002).

Keywords: urban space; affective spaces; spatial affects; cinema; city's edge; Durian Durian; Crazy English; 2046; Infernal Affairs

Chapter.  5082 words. 

Subjects: Film

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