Feasts under the spotlight : social films of 1950s and 60s Hong Kong

Yan Ho SIU

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There are several recent films with food motif, such as Chocolat (2000, directed by Lasse Hallstrom), No Reservations (2007, by Scott Hicks) and My Blueberry Nights (2007, by Wong Kar-wai). Eat Drink Man Woman (1994, by Ang Lee) showcases a wide variety of Chinese dishes, while The God of Cookery (1996, written and directed by Stephen Chow) shows the world how Hong Kong people eat, featuring well-loved dishes such as cha siu fan (barbecued pork with rice), ngau yuen (Cantonese style meatballs), and che zai mein (Noodles a la carte). This article looks at the 1950s and 60s, when Hong Kong films tended to have a social slant; food was used to illustrate the social and cultural issues of the time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFoodscape : a Swiss-Chinese intercultural encounter about the culture of food
PublisherMCCM Creations
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9789889865382
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


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