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Eileen ChangRomancing Languages, Cultures and Genres$
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Louie Kam

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083794

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083794.001.0001

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Seduction of a Filmic Romance: Eileen Chang and Ang Lee

Seduction of a Filmic Romance: Eileen Chang and Ang Lee

(p.155) 8 Seduction of a Filmic Romance: Eileen Chang and Ang Lee
Eileen Chang
Kam Louie
Hong Kong University Press

This chapter describes how Eileen Chang and Ang Lee interpret fiction-film adaptation stylistically and philosophically in their versions of the controversial wartime romance Lust, Caution. Both artists innovate with mixed media to present complex psychological portraits of traitor-patriot in generically hybrid mixtures of spy thriller, historical romance, and melodrama. While each uses prominent spatial tropes, flashbacks, and self-conscious monologues to interweave personal emotion and political ideology, ultimately Chang magnifies the imprisonment of individual materialistic desires in a mundane world while Lee emphasizes the power of historical forces to entrap human subjectivity.

Keywords:   Formalism, Cultural Studies, Genre, Close-up, Shot-reverse-shot

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