Assessing social commentary through Hong Kong Cantonese comedies (1970-1997): a case study of Michael Hui Koon Man and Stephen Chow Sing Chi

Yu, Jason (2014) Assessing social commentary through Hong Kong Cantonese comedies (1970-1997): a case study of Michael Hui Koon Man and Stephen Chow Sing Chi. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation would focus on the political and cultural changes as reflected through the films of Michael Hui Koon Man and Stephen Chow Sing Chi. This study would investigate their use of comedic modes such as satire, incongruity, slapstick, absurdism and parody, to reflect social changes in Hong Kong. The study would take into full account the contextual factors of Hong Kong's development from the 1970s where Hong Kong was considered to be booming and economic nation. From the 1990s, the study would consider the effects of the declaration of ceasing British colonial control and to hand sovereignty back to the People's Republic of China in July 1997. The aim of the dissertation is to chart Michael Hui and Stephen Chow's perspective in such times, with themes of materialism, consumerism, and individualism becoming a common recurrence. The major theme of this dissertation however is the theme of identity, specifically considering the notion of what 'Chinese' identity in the light of a population of diasporic ethnic-Chinese peoples.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 12:08
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 12:08
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22314

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