The Hong Kong New Wave: the roles of Ann Hui, Stanley Kwan and Wong Kar Wai

Floyd-Berry, R. (2009) The Hong Kong New Wave: the roles of Ann Hui, Stanley Kwan and Wong Kar Wai. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The aim of this piece of work is to outline the importance of Ann Hui, Stanley Kwan and Wong Kar Wai within the Hong Kong New Wave, from 1979 up until the mid-1990s. The New Wave for subverted genres such as the thriller or ghost story. These directors' innovative, stylistic filmmaking and use of Hong Kong culture itself changed the face of Hong Kong cinema in the 1980s. They created new styles, including non-linear narratives and realistic stories portrayed on a cinema screen which had long been dominated by superficial martial arts genres that ignored Hong Kong’s own colonial culture. This dissertation will look at these three directors before and after the 1997 handover of Hong Kong back to China, to assess whether the interests and themes of their films have changed at all or if their aim is simply to record a personal interpretation of culture and political events. Hui is known for her efficient use of non-linear narratives and flashback sequences to document authentic, personal experiences, combining them to create the picture of a dislocated culture on the verge of change. The dissertation will look at her early films as well as the more recent July Rhapsody (2002). Stanley Kwan began directing in 1985 and is widely credited for his use of female protagonists and the delicate portrayal of their experiences, alongside a significant interest in Hong Kong’s history, particularly the 1930s. Lastly, Wong Kar Wai will be discussed, with particular reference his themes of time and use of innovative camera work in the 2000 film In The Mood For Love. To conclude, these directors’ themes and use of time and personal relationships in relation to Hong Kong itself, will be considered through Wong’s 2004 film 2046, which is the only film to explore the future of the region itself, and the uncertainty felt by Hong Kong residents.

    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

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