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Hong Kong Animation: The Uncanny Brush in Wuxia Film

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Abstract:

This paper is to look into this specialty of Hong Kong animation in two folds, namely the Chinese myth of wuxia fantasy and the eastern visual effect culture behind the uncanny story. Hong Kong animation is in peripheral existence to the Hong Kong film industry. Compared with the variety of praised and commercially successful genres in Hong Kong cinema, it is ironically not easy to identify the trails of local animated movies. Do we have an animation industry? Where is it rooted? How has it evolved?

Keywords: Hong Kong animation; Norman Klein; Old Master Cute; eastern visual effect culture; uncanny; wuxia film

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ac.18.1.138_1

Publication date: 2007-03-01

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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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