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    Title: China: Once upon a time/Hong Kong: 1997: Critical study of contemporary Hong Kong martial arts films
    Authors: 楊明昱
    Date: 2016-03-11
    Issue Date: 2016-10-12 02:13:52 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: Martial arts films of Hong Kong are often dismissed as apolitical, ahistorical,
    escapist, and devoid of social critique. However, my dissertation shows that
    this is not the case by offering a critical reading of contemp'orary Hong Kong
    martial arts films. Focusing on the first three episodes of director Tsui Hark's
    Once upon a Time in China series (1991-1992), this study applies cultural
    studies to address such issues as political allegory, carnivalesque pleasures of
    resistance, representational politics, oppositional gendered readings, and the
    juxtaposition of turn-of-the century history, fiction, and contemporary
    politics.
    The series centers on the most well-known cinematic martial arts hero
    in Hong Kong, Huang Feihong, whose stories has been adopted in over one
    hundred movies since 1949. My study argues that these films can be read as a
    contemporary myth and political allegory in response to the crisis of 1997,when Hong Kong is to be taken over by the PRC after one century of
    colonial dominance. Such postmodern strategies as the incongruous
    juxtaposition of politics and commercialism, the recycling of antecedent and
    rival filmic and non-filmic texts, the maintenance and subversion of generic
    paradigms, and the mixing of fictional figures and events with historical
    ones, are contained in these films. These strategies produce an ironic
    rethinking of colonial history and the current political situation and a
    parody of the traditional hero. History and contemporary politics are thus
    questioned when fin de siecle Chinese history is playfully dismantled as a
    collage of official historical events, slippery memory, martial arts anecdotes,
    current political crisis, and images of popular culture.
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