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Studio Night (April 28th): Hong Kong Supernatural Romance

Supernatural romance (stories of love crossing beyond the boundaries of natural life) is a surprisingly fortified subgenre of Hong Kong film. This Sunday we'll offer four English-subtitled representatives - from historical costume drama to modern fantasy - to serve as your introduction. (But don't worry: despite death being a theme, none of these are horror films.) We'll only be watching one, so if you'd like to help us choose, make sure to arrive by 7:15PM.

We're in the basement of the Hong Kong Brewhouse, our usual venue, which provides plenty of food and drink for you to enjoy with the film.


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  • elaine

    P.S. There were some good laughs in some of the scenes (countering some of our expectations with the assurance that this would not be a horror film in the description…)

    One may also note the subtext of the film that attempts to negotiate the colonial past and post-colonial future of HK; alongside a sense of imminence and foreboding of the city’s handover to Chinese rule. The representation of “prostitutes” stands out as a theme wherein the complex Hong Kong-mainland China relationship is situated.

    Just some general thoughts to share. Looking forward to the musical selections this Sunday!

    1 · May 2, 2013

  • elaine

    Adding back my comments: It was a little bit eerie to see the passed away Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui on screen. Still, their charisma lingers. The old urban landscape and fast-changing places arouse feelings of uncanniness, not just for Fleur, but perhaps even more so for us urban dwellers in postmodern Hong Kong. A city's imaginary life is not something insubstantial that is laid over its physical being. Rather, it is embodied in the actual physical reality through works of art, like this film and other cultural works. This film points to the sense of loss in modernity when things change too quickly and humans at some point in time are rendered “alien” or ”ghost-like” under modern changes, like the growth of cities. Consequently, “the more modern the city is, the more nostalgic we become” cannot be more true, as least in the film.

    1 · May 2, 2013

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