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Kam Louie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028412

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.001.0001

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On Spectral Mutations: The Ghostly City in The Secret, Rouge and Little Cheung

On Spectral Mutations: The Ghostly City in The Secret, Rouge and Little Cheung

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(p.168) (p.169) 10 On Spectral Mutations: The Ghostly City in The Secret, Rouge and Little Cheung
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Hong Kong Culture
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Kam Louie
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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.003.0011

This chapter explores how various moments of disjointed time in Hong Kong history are associated with the expression of a sense of ghostliness, alienation and homelessness. It discusses the possibility of writing a meta-history of Hong Kong over the past thirty years or so through a hermeneutical reading of the cinematic depictions of space. It focuses on how an allegorical reading of the ordinary, quotidian aspects of urban life offers chances to understand the effects of eventful changes. The trivial and the mundane leads the chapter to deduce the profound aspects of Hong Kong's transformations during these kairotic moments. The three films discussed in this chapter are Ann Hui's The Secret, Stanley Kwan's Rouge, and Fruit Chan's Little Cheung.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, history, films, urban life, kairotic moments, Ann Hui, The Secret, Stanley Kwan, Rouge, Fruit Chan

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