GEN1016 - Hong Kong Cinema
This module surveys the development of Hong Kong cinema, emphasizing its contemporary development in the context of globalization. As cultural texts, Hong Kong films are not only appreciated as an art form, but also read with the objective of illustrating the relation between movies and the Hong Kong society. Through a contextual discussion, students will learn why some films are more popular among audiences than others, and why certain films were made during particular periods of time, demonstrating the impact of local history on Hong Kong cinema. In the study of the relationship between Hong Kong cinema and Hong Kong identity, students will be required to reflect on their own relationship with these Hong Kong movies, with which they grew up. The module will also explore the interaction between the local and the global in the local film industry, noting the outflow of talents from Hong Kong to Hollywood and also the increasing inflows of financial support for co-productions in both the popular and independent scenes.
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand the key theories and debates about Hong Kong cinema;
- apply the study of Hong Kong films through the local cultural, social, political, historical and economic contexts;
- discuss Hong Kong cinema in relation to Hong Kong identity; and
- identify and describe the different film genres in Hong Kong cinema.