Title

Mainlandization or Sinophone translocality? Challenges for Hong Kong SAR New Wave cinema

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Chinese Cinemas

Publication Date

2012

Volume

6

Issue

2

First Page

115

Last Page

134

Keywords

Mainlandization, Sinophone, SAR New Wave, Hong Kong–China co-production, translocality, neoliberalism, post-1980s generation, Cantonese

Abstract

The seeming revival of Hong Kong cinema through Hong Kong–China co-productions catered increasingly to the China market allowing major Hong Kong creative talents to prosper and even influence industry conventions and infrastructure in China. However, Hong Kong below-the-line jobs are increasingly replaced by those from China, making such careers unsustainable. Such ‘mainlandized’ co-productions find the more liberal Sinophone communities of Hong Kong and South East Asia harder to penetrate. Mainlandization and Hollywoodization in all Sinophone markets threatens Hong Kong film with ontological crisis. In this context, the Special Administrative Region (SAR) New Wave and their new generation of post-1980s audience make us wonder if cultural articulations that go beyond vertically imagined colonial/national identity politics are still possible; whether sensitive portrayals of inter-local Sinophone dialogues, the kind of creole translocality from below that has characterized much Hong Kong film productions are still viable, without giving up a decent China market.

DOI

10.1386/jcc.6.2.115_1

Print ISSN

17508061

E-ISSN

1750807X

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Szeto, M. M., & Chen, Y.-C. (2012). Mainlandization or Sinophone translocality? Challenges for Hong Kong SAR New Wave cinema. Journal of Chinese Cinemas, 6(2), 115-134. doi: 10.1386/jcc.6.2.115_1