11-28-06

11-28-06 - Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and US watched them...

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Hong Kong UK gets Hong Kong as base for opium trade from China, 1860 Second Opium War add more territory, agreement in 1898 to give it back in 1997 Japan occupied Hong Kong in 1941-1945 1982 held negotiations about Hong Kong’s future, 1984 Joint Declaration- China would reserve control in 1997, but high autonomy for 50 more years One of the highest population densities, 6 million people mostly Chinese High degree of connection between China and Hong Kong In 1930s Cantonese films were produced in Hong Kong, production ceased during Japanese occupation Became major production center for mandarin films for export, and Cantonese for a large local audience 1972- Cantonese entertainment dramas after they were gone Hong Kong International Film Festival- 1977 1960s-1970s: Golden Age (Shah Brothers Studios), two categories (set in the past and the present)—opera, martial arts, dramas third largest film industry in the world by drawing traditional (Wuxya) and Hollywood genres
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Unformatted text preview: Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and US watched them Mandarin was an important reason US market for action and martial arts films became very popular that Hollywood copied Wuxya film- like the Western in Hollywood, a space outside of society, jianghu (space of drifters, exiles, and heroes) Typically known as male films, females are usually peripheral, more important bond between men 1980s- Hong Kong New Wave- western trained directors working in television, art house elements John Woo saved from poverty by Catholic flying nuns, church as a social space or space of salvation, influenced by his mentor The Mexican Standoff, stalemate as allegory for Hong Kong 1986- Better Tomorrow (action films dealing with the mafia) Chow Yun Fat Theme of nostalgia Good thief, bad cop idea, use of church as a endpoint and beginning Flashbacks make it a film nostalgic for itself...
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