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Remade in HollywoodThe Global Chinese Presence in Transnational Cinemas$
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Kenneth Chan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090552

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090552.001.0001

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Visualizing Hong Kong: Diasporic Cinematic Gaze on the 1997 Handover

Visualizing Hong Kong: Diasporic Cinematic Gaze on the 1997 Handover

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(p.33) 2 Visualizing Hong Kong: Diasporic Cinematic Gaze on the 1997 Handover
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Remade in Hollywood
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Kenneth Chan

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622090552.003.0002

This chapter examines the 1997 British handover of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China through the works of three Hong Kong diasporic filmmakers: Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together (1997), Wayne Wang's Chinese Box (1997), and Evans Chan's The Map of Sex and Love (2001). All three films, though narrative in convention, rely on the power of cinematic visuality to decipher 1997 for themselves and to rewrite a Hong Kong that enables them to negotiate from afar the shifting notions of home, culture, and identities, as British colonial Hong Kong became the new Hong Kong SAR.

Keywords:   British handover, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Happy Together, Chinese Box, The Map of Sex and Love

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