Audrey Yue

in Ann Hui’s Song of the Exile

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028757
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206618 | DOI:

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Song of the Exile was released in Hong Kong from 27 April 1990 to 16 May 1990, and grossed over HK$3,071,212 (MPIA 1990). Produced by Cos Group and distributed by Golden Harvest, the film consolidated the career of the director, Ann On-wah Hui, Hong Kong's “most influential director in the 80s” and “one of Asia's premium directors”. This book specifically analyzes her ninth film, Song of the Exile, undoubtedly one of her finest. This film is based on Hui's semi-autobiographical story about a daughter coming to terms with her mother's Japanese identity. It also approaches this film through several features of Hong Kong cinema as diasporic cinema. An overview of the chapters included in this book is given. It is hoped that this book can show how the border cinema of Song of the Exile, as a practice of representation and a representation of practice, can articulate an alternative Hong Kong modernity as a new form of public pedagogy central to the ethics of its re-turn.

Keywords: Ann On-wah Hui; Song of the Exile; Hong Kong; modernity; diasporic cinema; Japanese identity

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Subjects: Film

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