Between Comrade and Queer:

Gina Marchetti

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:
Between Comrade and Queer:

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The redefinition of “Hong Kong” occasioned by the Handover coincided with the re-imagination of the city in other ways as well. Produced within this charged political context, Stanley Kwan's Hold You Tight mediates various local and global currents in queer cinema within Hong Kong screenscapes. Kwan redraws the line, yet again, between popular schlock and New Wave aesthetic experimentation. The film's New Wave auteur credentials are certainly hard to challenge. Hold You Tight won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin Film Festival as well as the Teddy award for best gay/lesbian film at the festival. Set in Hong Kong and Taipei, Kwan solidifies an important regional link between Taiwan New Cinema and Hong Kong's “Second” Wave. The film offers the distinct vision of a cinematic auteur in addition to the common aesthetic and discursive currency needed to function in the international art film circuit as well as the regional market for Chinese-language cinema.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Stanley Kwan; Hold You Tight; queer cinema; screenscapes; New Wave auteur; Taiwan New Cinema; Second Wave; cinematic auteur; international art film

Chapter.  6896 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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