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ExtraterritorialityLocating Hong Kong Cinema and Media$
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Victor Fan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474440424

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440424.001.0001

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What is Hong Kong Cinema?

What is Hong Kong Cinema?

(p.36) Chapter 1 What is Hong Kong Cinema?

Victor Fan

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter is about the critical debate on what it meant by Hong Kong cinema after the 1967 Riots, and the historical context––both in the film industry and in politics––that shaped the contour and topos of this debate. In this discourse, the question ‘What is Hong Kong cinema?’ was never raised or addressed directly. Very often, it was asked under the disguise of finding out what Chinese cinema was. Film critics between 1966 and 1978 worked through this problem by understanding how Hong Kong left-wing Cantonese filmmakers in the 1950s grappled with this question, and the anxieties such question had generated, both narratively and stylistically. Through their retrospective investigation, these critics retroactively theorised how Hong Kong cinema gradually individuated itself from Chinese cinema out of its long history of being politically ostracised, linguistically marginalised, and culturally despised by their Mainland counterparts.

Keywords:   Hong Kong 1967 Riots, Hong Kong film criticism and theory in the 1960s, Extraterritoriality, Hong Kong Cantonese cinema in the 1950s, British colonialism in Hong Kong

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