Document Type

Book Chapter

Department/Unit

Department of English Language and Literature

Title

Hong Kong Paradox: Appearance and Disappearance in Western Cinema

Language

English

Abstract

This chapter investigates what I call “the paradox of appearance and disappearance of Hong Kong” in Western cinema over the past two decades. The city has in recent years appeared in a number of big-budget Hollywood productions (e.g. The Dark Knight, Transformers, Doctor Strange, Pacific Rim), attesting to its continuing visual and “exotic” appeal to Western audiences, reminding one of the role pre-handover Hong Kong played in the conception and design of Blade Runner. However, the real Hong Kong is often displaced in these films and supplanted by a recycled and stereotyped impression of the city’s skyline and urban landscape. The chapter looks at instances of Hong Kong being otherworlded and the implications for the Hong Kong identity in the global cinematic gaze.

Keywords

Disappearance, Global gaze, Hollywood, Western cinema, Otherworlded

Publication Date

3-2018

Source Publication Title

Cultural conflict in Hong Kong: Angles on a coherent imaginary

Editors

Polley, Jason S. ; Poon, Vinton W. K. ; Wee, Lian-Hee

Start Page

53

End Page

70

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1007/978-981-10-7766-1_4

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-7766-1_4

ISBN (print)

9789811077654

ISBN (electronic)

9789811077661

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