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Hong Kong Documentary Film
     

Hong Kong Documentary Film

by Ian Aitken, Michael Ingham
 

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Does Hong Kong have a significant tradition of documentary film-making?

Until recently, many film scholars believed not. Yet, when Ian Aitken and Michael Ingham challenged this assumption, they discovered a rich cinematic tradition dating back to the 1890s.

Under-researched and often forgotten, documentary film-making in Hong Kong includes a thriving

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Does Hong Kong have a significant tradition of documentary film-making?

Until recently, many film scholars believed not. Yet, when Ian Aitken and Michael Ingham challenged this assumption, they discovered a rich cinematic tradition dating back to the 1890s.

Under-researched and often forgotten, documentary film-making in Hong Kong includes a thriving independent documentary film movement, a large archive of documentaries made by the colonial film units, and a number of classic British official films. Case studies from all four categories are examined in this book, including The Battle of Shanghai, The Sea and the Sky, Rising Sun and The Hong Kong Case. In-depth discussion and analysis of more recent Hong Kong independent documentaries focuses on works such as Cheung King-wai's KJ: Music and Life and films by Tammy Cheung and Evans Chan.

With a particular emphasis on how these films address the historico-political dimension of their time, Hong Kong Documentary Film introduces students and scholars in Film Studies to this fascinating and largely unexplored cinematic tradition.

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"For too long Hong Kong documentary has itself constituted a kind of structuring absence within the region's cinema - a mode of politically-engaged filmmaking apparently truant from Hong Kong film history. Aitken and Ingham's book redresses the matter, and goes a long way to making the forgotten heritage of Hong Kong documentary present and vital. If the book elicits from the reader a rewarding sense of discovery, this satisfaction is qualified only by the knowledge that many of the films cited are lost, damaged, or languishing in archives. One hopes that ong Kong Documentary Film - and the related scholarship surely to follow in its path - will hasten the wider dissemination of the documentary films discussed here and those yet to be discovered." — Gary Bettinson, ew Review of Film and Television Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748664696
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2014
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Ian Aitken is a Professor at the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Michael Ingham is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

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