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Horror to the ExtremeChanging Boundaries in Asian Cinema$
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Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099722

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099722.001.0001

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Magic, Medicine, Cannibalism:

Magic, Medicine, Cannibalism:

The China Demon in Hong Kong Horror

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(p.144) (p.145) 8 Magic, Medicine, Cannibalism:
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Horror to the Extreme
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Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh

Neda Hei-tung Ng

Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099722.003.0008

This chapter focuses on two signature horror films from Applause Pictures, Three: Going Home (Peter Chan Ho-sun, 2002) and Three Extremes: Dumplings (Fruit Chan, 2004), and analyzes their new treatments of the transgressive ghosts and ghostly bodies. The mythical and ghostly presence of Chinese migrants is central to the narrative of the two horror films, and yet China is not a wholly negative presence when it comes to problems of survival, competition, and ambition. Here China resurfaces as a desirable alternative to overcome aging, illness, and mortality. However, the Chinese cultural legacy, such as with traditional medical practices, is quickly dissolved and transformed into a monstrous invasion and occupation. Horror, in this regard, displaces the backlash against the market economy's preoccupation with youth, beauty, and fitness.

Keywords:   Applause Pictures, Three: Going Home, Three Extremes: Dumplings, ghosts, ghostly bodies, aging, illness, immortality, medical practices

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