On Spectral Mutations: The Ghostly City in <i>The Secret</i>, <i>Rouge</i> and <i>Little Cheung</i>

Edited by Kam Louie

in Hong Kong Culture

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028412
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206960 | DOI:
On Spectral Mutations: The Ghostly City in The Secret, Rouge and Little Cheung

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This chapter explores how various moments of disjointed time in Hong Kong history are associated with the expression of a sense of ghostliness, alienation and homelessness. It discusses the possibility of writing a meta-history of Hong Kong over the past thirty years or so through a hermeneutical reading of the cinematic depictions of space. It focuses on how an allegorical reading of the ordinary, quotidian aspects of urban life offers chances to understand the effects of eventful changes. The trivial and the mundane leads the chapter to deduce the profound aspects of Hong Kong's transformations during these kairotic moments. The three films discussed in this chapter are Ann Hui's The Secret, Stanley Kwan's Rouge, and Fruit Chan's Little Cheung.

Keywords: Hong Kong; history; films; urban life; kairotic moments; Ann Hui; The Secret; Stanley Kwan; Rouge; Fruit Chan

Chapter.  8487 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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