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Translocal female subjectivity: Notes on Ann Hui’s The Golden Era

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Many scholars of film studies have questioned the masculine notion of Euro- American auteurism for excluding women’s film practice. This article shows how Ann Hui, a female director from Hong Kong, explores the female subjectivity of Xiao Hong, a famous Chinese woman writer, in the film The Golden Era (2014). Based on feminist theories of authorship and narratology, the article discusses Hui’s identity as auteur by placing the production of this film in its specific political and cultural context; examines Hui’s shaping of Xiao’s translocal subjectivity by situating it within her embodied female experience; and elaborates on the narrative strategies used by Hui to provide an alternative mode of articulation that certifies her work as feminist cinema.
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Keywords: Ann Hui; Chinese-language cinema; Hong Kong cinema; The Golden Era; authorship; feminist film; translocality; women’s cinema

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: City University of Hong Kong

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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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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