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Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative HistoriesThe Cinema of Evans Chan$
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Tony Williams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208166

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.001.0001

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The Film Essay and Political Discourse in Evans Chan’s To Liv(e)

The Film Essay and Political Discourse in Evans Chan’s To Liv(e)

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(p.11) Chapter Two The Film Essay and Political Discourse in Evans Chan’s To Liv(e)
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Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories
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Amy Lee

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0002

This essay examines To Liv(e), showing that its melodramatic plot is indebted to Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s Letter to Jane (1972). Chan’s deconstruction of the representational form also parallels Peter Wollen’s definition of “counter-cinema”. This early example of the director’s essayistic cinema interrogates the politics of identity in Hong Kong.

Keywords:   Evans Chan, To Liv(e), Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Jane Fonda, Liv Ullman

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