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Food Fight, Food Fight: Culture and Economy in Chicken and Duck Talk

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The Ronny Yu produced/Clifton Ko directed Chicken and Duck Talk (1988) is a vehicle for the comedic talents and social satire of Michael Hui. Hui’s working class characters lampooned Hong Kongers’ obsession with “getting rich quick,” ridiculed the population’s “money mania” as mental illness. The filmmaker’s employment of stereotypes familiar to Hong Kongers and his sense of place coupled with everyman characterizations helped to establish new Hong Kong comedy

Keywords: Chinese culture; Hong Kong cinema; food; post-traditional

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2003

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