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“I Hate to Pull a Bullet out of My Body”: Crisis-Ridden Men and Postcolonial Identity in Wong Kar-Wai's Cinematic Hong Kong
Lei,Chin pang
2019-03-30
Source PublicationInterventions
ISSN1469929X 1369801X
Volume21Issue:3Pages:407-422
AbstractGender representation is often related to politics, and the notion of masculinity is an effect of culture. Using masculine genres such as gangster films and martial art films as his departure points, the acclaimed Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai has re-created male characters, such as the lovelorn policemen in Chungking Express (1994), an assassin who is set up and killed by his female partner in Fallen Angels (1995), and a kungfu master whose life is helpless and miserable during wartime in The Grandmasters (2013). Wong's male protagonists are far from heroic, and even seen as feminized and infantilized. These crises-ridden men on one hand reflect Hong Kong's political predicament brought about by its problematic postcolonial situation, and on the other hand show Hong Kong's ambivalent culture with its resistance to the fixed national identity. These alternative male characters created by Wong are used actively to articulate Hong Kong identities with the culture of ambivalence in the postcolonial situation. Until recent years, these texts still respond to the changing political climate and the ongoing anxiety in Hong Kong.
Keyword1997 handover gender Hong Kong cinema masculinity crisis postcolonial identity Wong Kar-wai
DOI10.1080/1369801X.2018.1558092
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
AffiliationDepartment of CommunicationUniversity of Macau,Macao
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Lei,Chin pang. “I Hate to Pull a Bullet out of My Body”: Crisis-Ridden Men and Postcolonial Identity in Wong Kar-Wai's Cinematic Hong Kong[J]. Interventions,2019,21(3):407-422.
APA Lei,Chin pang.(2019).“I Hate to Pull a Bullet out of My Body”: Crisis-Ridden Men and Postcolonial Identity in Wong Kar-Wai's Cinematic Hong Kong.Interventions,21(3),407-422.
MLA Lei,Chin pang."“I Hate to Pull a Bullet out of My Body”: Crisis-Ridden Men and Postcolonial Identity in Wong Kar-Wai's Cinematic Hong Kong".Interventions 21.3(2019):407-422.
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