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The Cold War and Hong Kong Cinema

The Cold War was an important event that affected the whole world. As a British colony torn between two contending regimes across the Straits, Hong Kong naturally became a battlefield where opposing ideological forces clashed and collided. Strangely enough, traces of cold war politics were rarely found in Hong Kong cinema, largely a result of the colonial government's stringent control over film censorship in its attempt to maintain a precarious peace among feuding factions. This is indeed ironic, yet at the same time indicative of the very nature of this unprecedented warfare—ideology mattered above all. On another front, filmmakers were also able to work their ways around the rules, offering covert ideological messages in their works.

The Cold War and Hong Kong Cinema is a collection of essays by scholars and researchers who participated in 'The Cold War Factor in Hong Kong Cinema' symposium jointly presented by the HKFA and the Centre of Asian Studies, The University of Hong Kong, in 2006. Writers have analysed in historical, cultural and social terms the connections between Cold War and Hong Kong cinema.

308 pages in total. Published in June 2009. Priced at HK$157. In Chinese. (Co-edited by Wong Ain-ling and Lee Pui-tak) 1

ISBN 962-8050-50-8