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Cinema at the City's Edge$
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Yomi Braester and James Tweedie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099845

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099845.001.0001

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Affective Spaces in Hong Kong/Chinese Cinema

Affective Spaces in Hong Kong/Chinese Cinema

(p.24) (p.25) 1 Affective Spaces in Hong Kong/Chinese Cinema
Cinema at the City's Edge

Ackbar Abbas

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the problematic nature of urban space and its confusing transformations. It follows in some detail affective spaces and spatial affects in a number of recent films, set in cities like Hong Kong and other Chinese cities where space is being rapidly transformed. It discusses four examples of “cinema at the city's edge”: Fruit Chan's Durian, Durian (2000), Zhang Yuan's Crazy English (1999), Wong Kar-wai's 2046 (2004), and Alan Mak and Andrew Lau's Infernal Affairs, Part I (2002).

Keywords:   urban space, affective spaces, spatial affects, cinema, city's edge, Durian Durian, Crazy English, 2046, Infernal Affairs

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