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World Film Locations: Hong Kong

The rapid development of Hong Kong has occasioned the demolition of buildings and landscapes of historic significance, but film acts as a repository for memories of lost places, vanished vistas, and material objects. Location shoots in Hong Kong have preserved many disappearing landmarks of the city, and the resulting films function as valuable and irreplaceable archives of the city’s evolution.
Far more than a simple collection of movie locations, this book delivers a rare glimpse into the history of film production practices in Hong Kong. The locations described here are often not the most iconic; rather, they are the anonymous streets and back alleys used by local film studios in the 1960s and 70. They are the garden cafes with outdoor seating near the Chinese University of Hong Kong where moments of conflict in romantic comedies erupt and dissipate. They are the old Kai Tak Airport, which channels rage and desire, and the tenement housing, which splits citizens into greedy landlords and the diligent working class and embodies old-day communal values. Modern Hong Kong horror films draw their power from the material character of home-grown convenient stores, shopping arcades, and lost mansions found under modern high rises.
As in the films of Wong Kar-wai and Johnnie To, readers will drift and dash through the streets of Central to the district’s periphery, almost recklessly, automatically, or for the sheer pleasure of roaming. The first of its kind in English, this book is more than a city guide to Hong Kong through the medium of film; it is a unique exploration of relationship between location and place and genre innovations in Hong Kong cinema. 

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9

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Table of Contents


Scenes 1-7, 1957-1980

Scenes 8-14, 1982-1992

Scenes 15-20, 1994-1997

Scenes 21-26, 1998-2003

Scenes 27-32, 2003-2007

Scenes 33-38, 2008-2012


Hong Kong: City of the Imagination

      Linda Chiu-han Lai and Steve Fore

Here, There and In-between: Transitional Space in Hong Kong Movies

      Kimburley Wing-yee Choi

The Kid on the Street: Dai pai dong, Tenement Buildings, Public Housing

      Linda Chiu-han Lai

Many-splendoured Things: The Wharf, the Roof-tops and the Floating Population

      Linda Chiu-han Lai

Colonial Remains: From Non-place to Self-referential Simulacrum

      Lam Wai-keung

My Movie Scenes: A Director’s Impression of Home

      Derek Chiu (Chiu Sung-kee)

Victoria: Room with a View, or Unsettled History?

      Hector Rodriguez


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