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1. In the 1990s Hong Kong cinema experienced an anxiety-ridden period of re-imagining its past, present and future. Cite two examples from Chungking Express that best exemplify (1) a persistent longing for the past and (2) an effective means by which the local can negotiate or at least confront the uncertain future.
2. Ann Hui’s films often contain social criticism. Discuss two (2) examples from A Simple Life in which Ann Hui takes up social issues this time. What does Ann Hui intend to achieve with these examples of social criticism.
3. In King Hu’s films, action is often integrated into narrative and is culturally coded. Using Come Drink With Me as example and analyze one (1) fight scene to illustrate its integration into the narrative (story) and its cultural meanings (e.g., symbolism of good and evil, yin-yang forces, theatrical effects, connotations of arrogance or modesty). Be specific when naming cultural values.
4. Nostalgia involves fond memories of good old days and a discontent with some aspects of present life. Using Centre Stage as example and discuss two (2) scenes in which Old Shanghai is represented as desirable good old days. To whom do they appear “good”? Why are they supposedly “better” than their present counterparts?
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