Title

Hong Kong cinema in the age of neoliberalization and mainlandization : Hong Kong SAR new wave as a cinema of anxiety

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

A companion to Hong Kong cinema

Publication Date

2015

First Page

89

Last Page

115

Publisher

Wiley Blackwell

Keywords

anxiety; Cold War; Hong Kong Cinema; mainlandization; neoliberalization; Rigor Mortis; The Grandmaster

Abstract

This chapter argues that “neoliberalization” and “mainlandization” have become more accurate terms to characterize actually existing problems of globalization that Hong Kong and the Hong Kong film industry are facing today. Their combined impact has drastically altered Hong Kong's sense of reality, resulting in a different kind of anxiety. The chapter explains that neoliberalism is giving globalization studies a theory that can analyze existing global economic assumptions and forms of governance and how they are localized. The chapter also focuses on films definitive of the cinema of anxiety as a result of the combined effects of mainlandization and neoliberalization. They include two SAR New Wave films, Rigor Mortis (2013) and Cold War (2012), and the Hong Kong Second Wave film The Grandmaster (2013), all representing different approaches.

DOI

10.1002/9781118883594.ch4

Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9781118883518

Full-text Version

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Recommended Citation

Szeto, M. M., & Chen, Y.-c. (2015). Hong Kong cinema in the age of neoliberalization and mainlandization: Hong Kong SAR new wave as a cinema of anxiety. In E. M. K. Cheung, G. Marchetti, & E. C. M. Yau (Eds.), A companion to Hong Kong cinema (pp.89-115). doi: 10.1002/9781118883594.ch4