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Hong Kong Cinema and the 1997 Return of the Colony to Mainland China

The Tensions and the Consequences

by Mengyang Cui

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Pub date: 2007
Pages: 76
ISBN-10: 1581123817
ISBN-13: 9781581123814
Categories: CommunicationMusic & Fine Arts


In this paper, I aimed to explore deeply the Hong Kong ‘1997 handover’ theme films by comparison and summary in order to discover the history and cultural meaning of this incident from a human perspective. 1997 is a turning point for Hong Kong people, society and the film industry. The city confronted a historical turning point under an experimental ‘one country, two systems’ convention without precedent in history. This led many Hong Kong people to lose confidence about their future. In addition, this historical incident brought a series of social issues to Hong Kong people, such as confusion about their identity and uncertainty about the future. Therefore I chose four films from two directors with different viewpoints reveal Hong Kong society and people’s life and spirit. Those films are Peter Chan’s Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996), Golden Chicken (2000), and Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong (1997), The Longest Summer (1997). Also, I will give a brief introduction about the aspects of the past of Hong Kong politically (colonial rule), economically and with respect of Hong Kong identity to understand its cinema and the possible effects of the 1997 handover.