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Chinese EcocinemaIn the Age of Environmental Challenge$
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Sheldon H. Lu and Jiayan Mi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090866

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.001.0001

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Toward a Hong Kong Ecocinema: The Dis-appearance of “Nature” in Three Films by Fruit Chan

Toward a Hong Kong Ecocinema: The Dis-appearance of “Nature” in Three Films by Fruit Chan

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Chinese Ecocinema

Chris Tong

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the form and content of Hong Kong urban cinema. It analyzes the current theories of representation in Hong Kong cinema and argues that “disappearance” is a theory concerned with the filmic representation of reality rather than the disappearance of Hong Kong in the literal sense. It also argues that Hong Kong ecocinema not only approximates the real Hong Kong more closely by debunking its misrepresentations, it also appropriates cinema as a tool to hold ourselves accountable for our society and environment. It analyzes several relevant films by Fruit Chan such as Durian Durian (2000), Hollywood Hong Kong (2001), and Public Toilet (2002) as examples of Hong Kong cinema moving toward a Hong Kong ecocinema.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, urban cinema, disappearance, Fruit Chan, Durian Durian, Hollywood Hong Kong, Public Toilet

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