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The Cosmopolitan DreamTransnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age$
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Derek Hird and Geng Song

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455850

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455850.001.0001

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Transnational Chinese Masculinity in Film Representation

Transnational Chinese Masculinity in Film Representation

(p.59) 3 Transnational Chinese Masculinity in Film Representation
The Cosmopolitan Dream

Sheldon Lu

Hong Kong University Press

The chapter traces the evolution of the depiction of transnational Chinese masculinity in selected films directed by Hong Kong directors from the early 1990s to the present time.  It focuses particularly on three films: Farewell China (Ai zai bie xiang de jijie 爱在別鄉的季節‎,1990), directed by Clara Law 罗卓瑶‎; Comrades Almost a Love Story (Tian mimi 甜蜜蜜‎, 1996), directed by Peter Chan 陈可辛‎; and American Dreams in China (Zhongguo hehuoren 中國合夥人‎, 2013), also directed by Peter Chan.  Although the directors are Hong Kong directors and some of the films are classified as Hong Kong films, the films themselves portray male figures originating from mainland China.  All these films tell the stories of Chinese nationals and their attempted journeys overseas in pursuit of some dream.

Keywords:   transnational, masculinity, Hong Kong, dream, journey

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