Lost in transition: Hong Kong cinema since the handover

Pateman, Joel (2009) Lost in transition: Hong Kong cinema since the handover. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation is an examination of the changes in Hong Kong cinema since the handover from British rule to the Peoples Republic of China in 1997, charting the development of new generic conventions in Hong Kong cinema from independent productions through to mainstream studio pictures. From Fruit Chan's low budget Handover Trilogy, through to the internationally acclaimed Infernal Affairs trilogy and beyond, this study follows the path of the social and political concerns that surrounded the handover as they have permeated through mainstream Hong Kong cinema. Using Andrew Lau & Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs trilogy as a case study, this dissertation proposes the existence of "handover cinema" as a new genre, explicitly shaped by the unique social, political and economic circumstances experienced in Hong Kong over the last two decades. With textual analysis of the Infernal Affairs trilogy supported by socio-political texts such as Ackbar Abass's Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance (1997) this dissertation identifies the fundamental points of departure from pre-1997 productions, framing Infernal Affairs as a key text within "handover cinema". Following the genres development, and the increasingly political nature of commercial cinema in post-handover Hong Kong, this study explores "handover cinema" as an indicator of the fragile relationship between Hong Kong and China. Emphasising the divergence between the political and the social transformation of the region, "handover cinema" is positioned as both a representation of, and a component in, the development of Hong Kong over the last decade.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/695

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