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The Chaozhou-dialect Films of Hong Kong

After World War II, Hong Kong was not only the production base for motion pictures in Cantonese and Mandarin, it also experienced a boom of Amoy- and Chaozhou-dialect film-making. In 1955, Fanny Ha founded the Tuojiang Film Company, ushering in a new trend with Hong Kong's first ever Chaozhou-dialect film, The Story of Wang Jinlong. Its success became the driving force for many film workers who ventured into the business one after another.

Later in the 1960s, Chaozhou-dialect features burst onto the scene in the form of opera films, amounting to as many as 160 titles in just a matter of years. Films shot in this dialect were primarily targeted for Chaozhouese populations in Southeast Asian regions such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, whereas Hong Kong also constituted a considerable market. In recent years, however, this page of Hong Kong film history has gradually faded into oblivion.

Further to The Amoy-dialect Films of Hong Kong published in 2012, this volume carries essays by film scholars and aficionados who explore the sociopolitical factors behind the rise of Chaozhou cinema and its subsequent development. There are also discourses on the artistic character of this dialect cinema, and on its links with traditional theatre. The oral history section features interviews with some movers and shakers in the industry, namely Xia Fan, the pioneer of Chaozhou film, famed actors Chen Chuhui, Cheung Ying-yin, Chen Wenchang, Chen Lili, together with director Law Chi. Also included are a filmography of Hong Kong-made Chaozhou-dialect productions compiled from a wealth of literature and audiovisual materials, as well as profiles of major filmmakers.

276 pages in total. Published in September 2013. Priced at HK$180. (Edited by May Ng)

ISBN 978-962-8050-66-6



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From the Editor
May Ng

Some Observation and Understanding of Chaozhou-dialect Film
Po Fung

Chaozhou-dialect Film and the Chaozhou Diaspora
Stephanie Chung Po-yin

'A Native Sound is Worth a Million': The Interaction between 1960s Chaozhou-dialect Film Industries in China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
Yung Sai-shing 

The Time-transcending Singsong of Chaozhou: Seven Chaozhou-dialect Hong Kong and Mainland Co-productions at a Glance
Lin Chunjun

'Su-sanity': The Story of Sixth Madam Su and Its Cross-establishment Interactions in Singapore
Su Zhangkai

Three Variations on Meeting in the Reed Field on the Chaozhou Screen
Louie Kin-sheun

Chaozhou Opera Music Accompaniment in Film and Stage: A Study of The Chivalrous Songstress and How a Fearless Daughter Avenges Her Father
Lau Fok-kwong

On the Features of Chaozhou–Guangdong Musical Crossing in Hong Kong's Chaozhou-dialect Cinema
Yu Siu-wah

Chan Chor-wai: the Meteor Trail of a Chaozhou Opera Supreme Divo on the Silver Screen
May Ng

Fanny Ha: Making Hong Kong's First Chaozhou-dialect Film
Chan Chor-wai: The Ups and Downs of My 60-Year Artistic Career
Cheung Ying-yin: The Xin Tian Cai Troupe as Ground Zero
Chan Man-cheong: All About the Tung Shan Film Company
Lily Chan: From Tai Lang to Chiu Ngee
Law Chi: Why I Ventured into Chaozhou-dialect Cinema

Biographical Notes