Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative HistoriesThe Cinema of Evans Chan$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HONG KONG SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hongkong.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hong Kong University Press, 2021. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HKSO for personal use.date: 22 September 2021

Brecht in Hong Kong

Brecht in Hong Kong

Evans Chan’s The Life and Times of Wu Zhong Xian

Chapter:
(p.81) Chapter Seven Brecht in Hong Kong
Source:
Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories
Author(s):

Gina Marchetti

Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0007

Techniques associated with Bertolt Brecht surface in many of Evans Chan’s films. The Life and Times of Wu Zhongxian is perhaps the clearest and most self-conscious illustration of this interest. In this film, Chan documents a Brecht influenced performance by Hong Kong dramatist Mok Chiu-yu juxtaposed with found footage, fictionalized reenactments, intertitles, and voice-overs to comment deliberately and self-reflexively on the continuing importance of Brecht in Hong Kong film and theater. Among the footage is John Woo’s experimental film Deadknot as well as dramatizations of reminiscences of Wu Zhongxian’s girlfriend. These materials are not presented as unaltered “authentic” documents or as unquestioned representations of a particular point of view or a specific event. Instead they are treated in the same interrogative manner characterizing Chan’s other work.

Keywords:   Evans Chan, BertoltBrecht, Wu Zhongxian, John Woo, Mok Chiu-yu, Avant-Garde

Hong Kong Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .