Magic, medicine, cannibalism : the China demon in Hong Kong horror

Yueh Yu, Emilie YEH, Hei Tung, Neda NG

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This chapter focuses on two signature horror films from Applause Pictures, Three: Going Home (Peter Chan Ho-sun, 2002) and Three Extremes: Dumplings (Fruit Chan, 2004), and analyzes their new treatments of the transgressive ghosts and ghostly bodies. The mythical and ghostly presence of Chinese migrants is central to the narrative of the two horror films, and yet China is not a wholly negative presence when it comes to problems of survival, competition, and ambition. Here China resurfaces as a desirable alternative to overcome aging, illness, and mortality. However, the Chinese cultural legacy, such as with traditional medical practices, is quickly dissolved and transformed into a monstrous invasion and occupation. Horror, in this regard, displaces the backlash against the market economy's preoccupation with youth, beauty, and fitness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHorror to the extreme : changing boundaries in Asian cinema
PublisherHong Kong University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9789622099722
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Applause Pictures
  • Ghostly Bodies
  • Ghosts
  • Illness
  • Immortality
  • Medical Practices
  • Three Extremes: Dumplings
  • Three: Going Home


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