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Esther M. K. Cheung, Gina Marchetti, and See-Kam Tan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028566

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028566.001.0001

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Reimagining the Femme Fatale:

Reimagining the Femme Fatale:

Gender and Nation in Fruit Chan’s Hollywood Hong Kong

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Pin-Chia Feng

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028566.003.0017

Fruit Chan envisions Hong Kong after the reunification as a hybrid place of perverse entrepreneurship and physical and spiritual monstrosities in Hollywood Hong Kong. What remains problematic about the cinematization of political transformation in the film is the logic of binary division in its gendered and eroticized discourse of national identity. The trailer of Hollywood Hong Kong tells the story of how a girl in a red dress descending from above changes the daily life of the residents of Tai Hom Village. This girl from mainland China is apparently the textual center around which the plot unfolds and the characters circulate; she is also a narrative mechanism that activates cinematic desires and initiates the narrative of seduction of the film. This chapter argues that she is figured as a femme fatale since her mysterious appearance in the village not only creates discursive enigma and disruption but also poses a threat against Hong Kong male masculinity.

Keywords:   Fruit Chan, Hong Kong, Hollywood Hong Kong, cinematization, political transformation, national identity, cinematic desires, seduction, femme fatale, male masculinity

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