Surfing with the Surreal in Tsui Hark's Wave:

Tan See-Kam

in Hong Kong Screenscapes

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028566
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206991 | DOI:
Surfing with the Surreal in Tsui Hark's Wave:

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This chapter argues that the accentuated differences or different accents evident in Tsui Hark's early films have correlates with Hamid Naficy's notion of “accented cinema” made by diasporic and exilic filmmakers in which conflicting themes about homelands, borderlands, and diasporalands abound: central to these themes is the inevitable question of displacement, home, and belonging. Whether experienced at the individual or collective level, Tsui's multiple yet particular encounters with territorial colonialism and national independence, Chinese nationalisms and diasporas, and global re- and de-territorialization invariably invites one to look beyond the simple labeling of, despite Stephen Teo's assertion to the contrary, his work as “very Chinese indeed, referring as [it does] to Chinese history and culture, a Chinese environment.” They index instead, in both literal and analogical ways, transnational sensibilities that come with “flexible citizenship.”

Keywords: Tsui Hark; Hamid Naficy; accented cinema; displacement; territorial colonialism; national independence; nationalisms; diasporas; flexible citizenship; China

Chapter.  7002 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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