For 60 years yau ma tei was the epicentre of film-going in hong kong, with different cinemas for local, patriotic and hollywood films it wasn't always a civilised affair, with parents glued to. Over these years, my old friend tony rayns saw to it that i was sent the annual catalogues of the hong kong international film festival, and so i came to learn something of this cinema's history in the early 1990s i dived in, not least because these movies aroused my students' passion in a way that i had not seen for a long time. Hong kong is one of the world's most enigmatic cities and its complex history has captured people's imaginations around the world, these ten must-read books about hong kong will help visitors understand what makes this extraordinary city's heart beat covering the political and cultural angles.
Sffilm's hong kong cinema rocks the vogue still from 'house of the rising sons' (courtesy of sffilm) more than 20 years after the handover, hong kong is still working out its identity issues. In the rush to see only the latest hong kong-made movies, few pause to reflect on or savor the rich history that made it all possible frank bren and law kar offer us the chance to do both. The cinema of hong kong history, arts, identity edited by poshek fu, university of illinois, urbana-champaign david desser, university of illinois, urbana-champaign.
Hong kong's martial arts madness in legend, history, and, oh yeah, the movies martial arts: a little background the use of chinese martial arts for military strategy and as a subject for scholarship dates back at least as far as the zhuzi baijia (the various schools of thought from pre-qin to early han dynasty), and is recorded in military. 'chinese national cinema' by zhang yingjin (routledge, 2004) is an excellent chronological account of the formation of the film industries of china, hong kong and taiwan, and is particularly good on movie going, film studios, production details and genres. Hong kong new wave cinema came at a transitional phase in hong kong's history, and saw directors willing to create films that questioned the status quo the. A chronology of key events in the history of hong kong from 1842 to the present. Below you'll find the key dates in the history of hong kong presented in a timeline the timeline starts at the area's earliest recorded mention through to world war two, taking in the major moments in hong kong history 12th century - hong kong is a sparsely populated area dominated by the.
Hong kong's unique and complex history and extraordinary dynamism are mirrored in the themes, images and speed central to this vibrant cinema students will explore the varied ways in which hong kong's complex hybrid identities, transnational linkages, and cultural fluidity are represented through film and examine hong kong cinema's. The butterfly murders marked a new age in hong kong cinema and was a benchmark that changed how we now view the action film genre it was also the film that tsui hark immediately made his name with in the east and placed him as one of the most important figures within hong kong's new wave. The first hong kong film was zhuangzi tests his wife in 1913 the director was lai man-wai, called the father of hong kong cinema, who also played the wife himself. Hf: paul fonoroff, well known hong kong film critic and historian, wrote, a brief history of hong kong cinemai believe it was published in 1988, in renditions, a literary magazine published by the research centre for translation (rct) at the chinese university of hong kong. Hong kong is this year celebrating its centenary of cinema - it has been 100 years since a comedic short entitled stealing a roast duck became the first locally made production in 1909.
Sffilm's annual hong kong cinema series returns with its 8th edition from september 28-30, 2018 at san francisco's vogue theatre, attendees will have a chance to catch seven new films from hong kong ranging from a biopic about a 1970s cantopop group to dramas featuring characters confronting. Fandango ios app fandango android app guarantee the perfect movie night with tickets from fandango find theater showtimes, watch trailers, read reviews and buy movie tickets in advance. In the same essay, stephen fore points to hong kong's cultural cosmopolitanism as another aspect which makes the hong kong-us cinema exchange a potentially smooth merger. Cinema in hong kong: history the foundation of success for cinema in hong kong was laid in the 1940s, when many filmmakers from china fled to hong kong and the city became the home for free-market movies in the region.
Hong kong action cinema is the principal source of the hong kong film industry's global fame it combines elements from the action film, as codified by hollywood, with chinese storytelling, aesthetic traditions and filmmaking techniques, to create a culturally distinctive form that nevertheless has a wide transcultural appeal. Cinema journal 49 | no 4 | summer 2010 176 to this fertile dialogue the cinema of hong kong: history, arts, identity, edited by poshek fu and david desser, contributes a variety of perspectives by established and. Hong kong has always been associated with over-the-top violent kung fu fare which obscured the view of western audiences towards the sheer diversity of great cinema the island nation had to offer one of the biggest casualty of this has been the crime film genre, with occasional bursts into the.
A lot of the great old cinemas of hong kong have been relegated to the dustbin of history, says haider kikabhoy, an architectural history researcher at the chinese university of hong kong just one post-war movie theater still stands, the state theatre in the neighborhood of north point — and this once majestic movie palace is now. An independent cinema multiplex, the metroplex normally plays host to the hong kong sundance film festival each year amongst its nine screens equipped with immersive dolby atmos and dolby surround 71 sound, it's got three 20-seater vip houses for those who want to treat themselves to a more exclusive screening session. In studying the reasons for the demise of the hong kong new wave, one may first suggest that hong kong is an extremely commercialized and opportunistic city in which the cinema is regarded purely as a medium for mass entertainment.