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Hong Kong Horror Cinema

Gary Bettinson and Daniel Martin

Abstract

Dumplings stuffed with diabolical fillings. Sword-wielding zombies. Hopping cadavers. Big-head babies. For decades, Hong Kong cinema has served up images of horror quite unlike those found in other parts of the world. In seminal films such as A Chinese Ghost Story, Rouge, The Eye, Dumplings, and Rigor Mortis, the region’s filmmakers have pushed the boundaries of genre, cinematic style, and bad taste. But what makes Hong Kong horror cinema so utterly unique? How has this cult tradition developed over time? Why does it hold such fascination for “serious” cinephiles and cult fans alike? And how h ... More

Keywords: Horror, Hong Kong film, genre studies, East Asian film, cult film, film theory, film history, Chinese-language cinema, gothic studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474424592
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424592.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Bettinson, editor
Lancaster University

Daniel Martin, editor
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

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Introduction

Gary Bettinson and Daniel Martin

Part I Formations and Fragmentations: the Development of Hong Kong Horror

Part II Genre Hybridity: Comedy and Kung Fu in the Hong Kong Horror

Part III Transnational Trends: Globalisation and Politics in Contemporary Hong Kong Horror

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