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Fruit Chan's Made in Hong Kong$
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Esther M. K. Cheung

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099777

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099777.001.0001

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In Search of the Ghostly in Context*

In Search of the Ghostly in Context*

(p.79) 5 In Search of the Ghostly in Context*
Fruit Chan's Made in Hong Kong

Esther M. K. Cheung

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the surreal and ghostly elements in Fruit Chan's films. Hong Kong in Chan's “Handover Trilogy” is frequented by surreal, ghostly intrusions of various kinds. They are the allegorization of recalcitrant elements of the past that resist erasure. The surreal in Chan's films evokes the heavy weight of melancholic sentiment in “The Swan” and reminds us of the ambiguous status of the ghostly subjects. As ghosts always return with a story to tell, the ghostly subjects in Chan's films stubbornly persist in the space of the present that does not want them.

Keywords:   surreal elements, ghostly elements, Fruit Chan, Handover Trilogy, The Swan, ghostly subjects, ghosts

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