Spring 2020 | MDST 3559-002

Th 3:30 – 6:00 | 242 Gibson Hall

Recent conflicts between mainland Chinese authorities and citizens of Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) have foregrounded the extent to which Hong Kong culture is both ‘Chinese’ in a broad sense and has its own historical trajectory and flavor. This is reflected nowhere so much as in Hong Kong films, whose evolving styles, genres, and stars have engendered a distinctly local cultural form.

This course will be both an introduction to and overview of the history of Hong Kong cinema, as well as an exploration into how film and media both reflect and contribute to cultural identity in Hong Kong. The course is divided into three units, History, Genre, and Identity, and we’ll be watching a variety of films from the 1950s through the present day.

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • critically analyze formal elements of films and media
  • discuss ways that films and media may reflect and inform cultural identity
  • demonstrate familiarity with Hong Kong film history, filmmakers, and stars
  • write concisely and critically about film and media