Fruit Chan's Made in Hong Kong (Google eBook)

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Hong Kong University Press, Jul 1, 2009 - Social Science - 196 pages
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This tragic coming-of-age story follows three disillusioned local youths struggling to navigate Hong Kong public housing projects and late adolescence amid violent crime, gang pressure, and broken homes. Their personal friendships and family lives intersect with a mysterious fourth protagonist, a girl whose suicide haunts the other three throughout the film as they move toward their own premature ends. This 1997 film was the first in Chan’s acclaimed "handover trilogy." Shot on a very low budget, utilizing excess film stock, amateur actors, and a crew of five, it marked the beginning of Chan’s career as an independent film director.
  

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Contents

History beyond the Death Trips
1
Fruit Chan and Independent Filmmaking
21
3 There Are Many Waysto Be Realistic
39
4 The Art of Détournement
53
5 In Search of the Ghostlyin Context
79
6 In Search of the Ghostlyin Urban Spaces
101
Grassrooting Cinematic Practices
125
Appendix 1 Interview with Fruit Chan
129
Appendix 2 Funding Sources and Awards
145
Notes
151
Credits
167
Bibliography
171
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Esther Cheung is associate professor and chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong.

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