Sexualising cinematic border

Gender, spectatorship and citizenship in Hong Kong–Mainland cinema

Authored by: Laikwan Pang

Routledge Handbook of East Asian Gender Studies

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138959897
eBook ISBN: 9781315660523
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This chapter studies the meaning of Hong Kong–PRC border with cinema as the focus, and feminism as the ethical concern. The chapter begins with a theoretical engagement of border-crossing from a feminist perspective, and then presents cases from two approaches. It first illustrates how spectators cross the border from the mainland to Hong Kong to watch soft-porn and gain the unique theatrical experiences. It then focuses on several mainland blockbusters directed by Hong Kong filmmakers, and explores how these border-crossing experiences could become highly conservative texts, or they could also offer new feminist imaginations.

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