Reimagining the <i>Femme Fatale</i>:

Pin-Chia Feng

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:
Reimagining the Femme Fatale:

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Fruit Chan envisions Hong Kong after the reunification as a hybrid place of perverse entrepreneurship and physical and spiritual monstrosities in Hollywood Hong Kong. What remains problematic about the cinematization of political transformation in the film is the logic of binary division in its gendered and eroticized discourse of national identity. The trailer of Hollywood Hong Kong tells the story of how a girl in a red dress descending from above changes the daily life of the residents of Tai Hom Village. This girl from mainland China is apparently the textual center around which the plot unfolds and the characters circulate; she is also a narrative mechanism that activates cinematic desires and initiates the narrative of seduction of the film. This chapter argues that she is figured as a femme fatale since her mysterious appearance in the village not only creates discursive enigma and disruption but also poses a threat against Hong Kong male masculinity.

Keywords: Fruit Chan; Hong Kong; Hollywood Hong Kong; cinematization; political transformation; national identity; cinematic desires; seduction; femme fatale; male masculinity

Chapter.  4435 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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