Hong Kong Cinema and the Film Essay: A Matter of Perception

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Abstract

The cinematic essay, even in the guise of documentary, is now a flourishing and popular form, and one that is no longer viewed as purely experimental or avant-garde. Indeed, the waves of international public concern about climate change triggered by Al Gore's essayistic argument in An Inconvenient Truth were palpable. This low-budget “thesis” film caught the popular mood and contributed significantly to public debate in many countries. Sicko and Capitalism—A Love Story exemplify the kind of impact the cinematic essay form is capable of producing. All of these examples either produce or develop existing sites of social contestation and pursue a keenly argued thesis through the unique resources of film. This chapter assesses the extent to which Hong Kong's New Wave cinema from the 1980s onwards can be said to have essayed this hybrid and very contemporary cinematic form, and whether such explorations in form are indeed recognized in Hong Kong cinema discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHong Kong Screenscapes: From the New Wave to the Digital Frontier
PublisherHong Kong University Press
Pages175-194
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9789888028566
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • Capitalism
  • Hong Kong
  • New Wave cinema
  • Sicko
  • avant-garde
  • cinematic essay
  • documentary
  • thesis film

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INGHAM, M. (2011). Hong Kong Cinema and the Film Essay: A Matter of Perception. In Hong Kong Screenscapes: From the New Wave to the Digital Frontier (pp. 175-194). Hong Kong University Press. https://doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028566.003.0012
INGHAM, Mike. / Hong Kong Cinema and the Film Essay: A Matter of Perception. Hong Kong Screenscapes: From the New Wave to the Digital Frontier. Hong Kong University Press, 2011. pp. 175-194
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