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Identitly, Gangsters' Narrative, and Image of Taiwan Politicians: Representation of Taiwan Politicsin Hong Kong Cinema
representation;Hong Kong cinema;Taiwan politics
|Issue Date: ||2019-06-28 11:59:56 (UTC+8)|
This study explores the discourse and narrative structure of three films from Hong Kong based on their representation of Taiwanese politics. Among contemporary Chinese films, those that directly use Taiwan's politics or political figures as their narrative focus make up a rare genre, especially as film productions produced in Taiwan are close to nil. However, the Hong Kong film industry has successively produced several films on the subject of Taiwan's politics or political figures, constructing a rather unique representation of ＂Taiwan's politics＂ with Hong Kong people's perspective as the main subject. Therefore, this study examines Taiwan's politics presented or framed in related film texts through several cultural and political perspectives. This paper finds that ＂Taiwan's political imagery＂ as represented by the three films has a one-sided focus on organized crime, corruption, power games, behind-the-scenes trading, power manipulation, violence, assassinations, and other negative aspects. All three films used Taiwan as a form of a mirror in order to strengthen the Hong Kong people's own identity. Most of the actors playing Taiwanese politicians in the three films are Hong Kong celebrities, while local Taiwanese actors typically have just supporting roles. At the same time, all three films choose gang narratives to start the story, making triads and gangs of the underworld the main narrative structures of Hong Kong screenwriters' and directors' description of Taiwan's politics.
|Relation: ||新聞學研究, 137, 89-132|
|Data Type: ||article|
|DOI 連結: ||https://doi.org/ 10.30386/MCR.201810_(137).0003|
|Appears in Collections:||[新聞學研究 TSSCI] 期刊論文|
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