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Wong Kar-Wai's Happy Together (The New Hong Kong Cinema Series) [Paperback]

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Wong Kar-wai's controversial film, 'Happy Together', was released in Hong Kong just before the handover of power in 1997. The film shows two gay Chinese men in Buenos Aires and reflects on Hong Kong's past and future by probing masculinity, aggression, identity and homosexuality. It also gives a reading of Latin America, perhaps as an allegory of Hong Kong as another post-colonial society. Examining one single, memorable, and beautiful film, but placing it in the context of other films by Wong Kar-wai and other Hong Kong directors, this book illustrates the depth, as well as spectacle and action, that characterizes Hong Kong cinema. Tambling investigates the possibility of seeing 'Happy Together' in terms of "national allegory", as Fredric Jameson suggests Third World texts should be seen, but ultimately rejects this view. Alternatively, he emphasises the fragmentary nature of the film by discussing both its images and its narrative in the light of Borges and Manuel Puig. He also looks at the film's relation to the American road movie and to the history of the tango. He asks how emotions are presented in the film, (is this a "nostalgia film"?) and whether the masculinity in it should be seen negatively or as signs of a new hopefulness about Hong Kong's future. Does the film indicate new ways of thinking about gender-relationships or sexuality?



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Studio: University of Washington Press
Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   University of Washington Press
ISBN  9622095895  
ISBN13  9789622095892  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeremy Tambling is based at the Universityof Manchesterand has taught literature at all levels, from school to PhD level, including many adult groups. He is the author of many books - including a Longman Critical Reader on Dante - the most recent of which are "Blake's Night Thoughts "(Palgrave, 2004) and "Becoming Posthumous "(Edinburgh UP, 2001), described by "The "Guardian as "an elegant work of literary analysis."

Jeremy Tambling has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Manchester, UK University of Hong Kong University of Man.

Jeremy Tambling has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Penguin Classics


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1Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism
2Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Performing Arts
3Books > Subjects > History > Asia > General
4Books > Subjects > History > Asia > Hong Kong



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A Must-read of Hong Kong Cinema  Aug 24, 2003
Finally, there is a book - not a chapter or paragraph - solely one of the Wong Kar Wai's movie. This time, HKU Press has done a fascinating job in publishing an in-depth study on Wong's Ashes of Time and Happy Together. Jeremy Tambling is an expert in gender studies. In the book, he analyzes the film by using theories of allgeory. Besides, he also reads the film in relation to homosexuality (as expected), Hong Kong's postcolonial situation, melancholy, the American road movie genre, the meaning and tradition of tango and he also suggests the impact of choosing Buenos Aires as the setting of the movie. Tambling has included interesting and impressive perspectives of reading a movie, which brought Wong Kar Wai a best director award in Berlin Film Festival.

You may not buy Tambling's arguments on reading the movie as you may say the author has over-interpreted it. However, what he has done in the book definitely enriches the genre of Hong Kong Cinema criticism.

 
Full of wonderful insights on a fine HK movie  Aug 20, 2003
Wong Kar-wai's "Happy Together", which won some international films awards, is one of the best Hong Kong movies of recent years.

Jeremy Tambling here probes the film in depth an provides lots of interesting insights on the film, as well as the many possible interpretations of the plot as well as the relationship between the protagonists. In fact, Tambling goes deeper to explore the political and social undertones that the movie represents. It is therefore essential reader both for film buffs as well as those who're interested in social sciences. I enjoyed reading it very much!

 
A detailed, original and impressive reading of Wong's movie.  Aug 15, 2003
Finally, there is a book - not a chapter or paragraph - solely one of the Wong Kar Wai's movie. This time, HKU Press has done a fascinating job in publishing an in-depth studies on Wong's Ashes of Time and Happy Together. Jeremy Tambling is an expert in gender studies. In the book, he analyzes the film by the theories of allgeory (in chapter 1). Besides, he also reads the film in relation to homosexuality (as expected), Hong Kong's postcolonial situation, melancholy, the American road movie genre, the meaning and tradition of tango and he also suggests the impact of choosing Buenos Aires as the setting of the movie. Tambling has included funny, impressive and amazing perspectives of reading a movie, which brought Wong Kar Wai a best director award in Berlin Film Festival.

You may not buy Tambling theories in reading the movie as you may say a too complicated way. However, what he has done in the book definitely enriches the genre of Hong Kong Cinema criticism.

 

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