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Martial Arts Cinema and Hong Kong Modernity: Aesthetics, Representation, Circulation

Man-Fung Yip


The martial arts film, despite being long regarded as a vehicle of Chinese cultural nationalism, can also paradoxically be conceptualized as a mass cultural expression of Hong Kong’s colonial-capitalist modernity. Moving beyond generalized notions of martial arts cinema’s appeal, this book argues that the important and popular genre articulates the experiential qualities, the competing social subjectivities and gender discourses, as well as the heightened circulation of capital, people, goods, information, and technologies in Hong Kong of the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to providing an origi ... More

Keywords: martial arts cinema, colonial-capitalist modernity, Hong Kong

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9789888390717
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390717.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Man-Fung Yip, author
The University of Oklahoma