Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Series Preface

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pp. vii-ix

The New Hong Kong Cinema came into existence under very special circumstances, during a period of social and political crisis resulting in a change of cultural paradigms. Such critical moments have produced the cinematic achievements of the early Soviet cinema, neorealism...

Acknowledgements

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pp. xi-xii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

Song of the Exile was released in Hong Kong from 27 April 1990 to 16 May 1990, and grossed over HK$3,071,212 (MPIA 1990). Produced by Cos Group and distributed by Golden Harvest, the film consolidated the career of the director, Ann On-wah Hui, Hong Kong’s ‘most influential director in the ’80s’...

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1 - The Diasporas of Hong Kong

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pp. 7-48

Song of the Exile traces the postwar life of a Japanese woman married to a Chinese Nationalist soldier, her adolescent daughter’s discovery of her mother’s ethnicity, and their reconciliation as she accompanies her homesick mother back to her native town in Japan. Moving deftly between the past and the present through a series of extended flashbacks, the story takes place across China, Britain...

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2 - Re-turn to Hong Kong: Authorship, Memory, Intimate Biography

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pp. 49-88

Ann Hui is best known internationally as one of the very few successful female directors working in a male-dominated industry. From early art house films such as Song of the Exile to the more contemporary and commercial The Postmodern Life of My Aunt, Hui has been consistently described as a ‘woman filmmaker’ (Doraiswamy 1990: 22)...

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3 - Teaching Song of the Exile in the Diaspora: Minor Cinema, Transcultural Literacy and Border Pedagogy

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pp. 89-124

As Hong Kong cinema continues its ascendency into the global film circuits, Hong Kong films are increasingly incorporated as key texts in the disciplines of cinema, cultural and media studies in Asia and the West. The feminist art house style of Song of the Exile is often used as a counterpoint to the popular genres of swordplay, martial arts and heroic action...

Notes

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pp. 125-128

Awards and Nominations

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pp. 129-130

Ann Hui’s Filmography

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pp. 131-132

Bibliography

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pp. 133-148