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The Cinema of Small Nations$
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Mette Hjort and Duncan Petrie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625369

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625369.001.0001

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

(p.113) 6. Hong Kong
The Cinema of Small Nations

Mette Hjort

Duncan Petrie

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter asks, with specific reference to Hong Kong, whether a national cinema can be produced in the absence of a nation-state. Comparisons with Palestinian cinema, which is disconnected from an independent nation state, help to shed light on the specificities of the New Hong Kong Cinema and its relation to the phenomenon of national cinema. Films by Wong Kar-wai, Ann Hui, Fruit Chan, Alan Mak and Andrew Lau are shown to reflect thoughtfully on Hong Kong's re-inscription into China following the Handover in 1997.

Keywords:   New Hong Kong Cinema, Palestinian cinema, national cinema, the Handover, Wong Kar-wai, Ann Hui, Fruit Chan, Alan Mak, Andrew Lau

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