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Kwan Tak-Hing and the New Generation

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Between 1949 –1994, the Hong Kong film industry produced about 99 films featuring the legendary martial-arts figure, Huang Feihong. Seventy seven of them starred the equally legendary film actor Kwan Tak-hing who became identified with the role, while the other 22 cast twelve different actors, the most famous being Jet Li Lianje for Eastern and Western audiences. The vast majority of these films were made between 1949 –1960. Most of them were directed by Wu Pang with screenplay by Wang Feng, starring Kwan Tak-Hing with Shek Kin (familiar to Western audiences as the villain in Enter the Dragon) usually playing the villain. In these films Kwan Tak-hing successfully cultivated the image of an archetypal Chinese hero holding Confucian values.
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Keywords: Hong Kong society; Huang Feihong; Kwan Tak-hing; archetype; martial arts; tradition

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1998-09-01

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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