THE CINEMA OF HONG KONG: HISTORY, ARTS, IDENTITY. Edited by Poshek Fu and David Desser. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. xi + 333 pp. Hardcover $64.95 On 1 July 1997, to the accompaniment of thunderstorms and heavy rain, Hong Kong was undergoing a transformation from being a British colony for 156 years to becoming a new Chinese laboratory for experimenting with Deng Xiaoping's concept of "one country, two systems." This event drew newshounds to the island from all over the world. Ever since, a profound and vigilant international gaze has been focused on Hong Kong. This gaze has been partly responsible for a reinvestigation and reexamination of Hong Kong, long regarded as a cultural desert. Because it is a mirror of Hong Kong society and therefore a meaningful medium for conveying what Rey Chow, in Writing Diaspora: Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies (1993), calls "postcolonial nostalgia," the cinema of Hong Kong has become a hot topic. The Cinema of Hong Kong: History, Arts, Identity is a key contribution to studies of Hong Kong's cinematic representation. As its subtitle indicates, this book comprehensively and effectively traces the development of Hong Kong cinema from the three perspectives of
Asian Theatre Journal – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 1, 2001
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