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Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

Tony Williams (ed.)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9789888208166
eISBN:
9789888313488
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This edited volume offers the first comprehensive survey of the cinema of Evans Chan, a New York–based playwright, author, and filmmaker whose acclaimed films include To Liv(e), The Map of Sex and ... More


Introduction to the Work of Evans Chan

Tony Williams

in Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9789888208166
eISBN:
9789888313488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This opening chapter defines the artistic persona of Evans Chan with reference to his personal history – born in China, brought up in Macau and Hong Kong, took a degree in the US, and now lives in ... More


Issues of Decolonization: Two Essay Documentaries by Evans Chan

Tony Williams

in Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9789888208166
eISBN:
9789888313488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines two essay documentaries dealing with issues of decolonization affecting Hong Kong and Macao. They are considered as examples of the director’s type of interrogative cinema. ... More


Brecht in Hong Kong: Evans Chan’s The Life and Times of Wu Zhong Xian

Gina Marchetti

in Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9789888208166
eISBN:
9789888313488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Techniques associated with Bertolt Brecht surface in many of Evans Chan’s films. The Life and Times of Wu Zhongxian is perhaps the clearest and most self-conscious illustration of this interest. In ... More


Sound and Vision: The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan and Evans Chan in Sorceress of the New Piano, Makrokosmos I & II, and The Maverick Piano

Michael Ingham

in Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9789888208166
eISBN:
9789888313488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Written in the light of theories of cinematic sound and musical composition, this essay examines the four documentaries Evans Chan has filmed about the work of the pianist Margaret Leng Tan. Like ... More


“Absurd Connections,” or Cosmopolitan Conviviality in The Map of Sex and Love

Kenneth Chan

in Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9789888208166
eISBN:
9789888313488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter deliberates on Evans Chan’s critical vision in The Map of Sex and Love’s absurd connections while at the same time refracting theoretically through Paul Gilroy’s conception of “demotic ... More


The Film Essay and Political Discourse in Evans Chan’s To Liv(e)

Amy Lee

in Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9789888208166
eISBN:
9789888313488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This essay examines To Liv(e), showing that its melodramatic plot is indebted to Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s Letter to Jane (1972). Chan’s deconstruction of the representational form also ... More


Between Times and Spaces:: Interview with Evans Chan

Esther M. K. Cheung and Nicole Kempton

in Hong Kong Screenscapes: From the New Wave to the Digital Frontier

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789888028566
eISBN:
9789882206991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888028566.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

A Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, Evans Chan's work is characterized by its transnational context and narrative technique. Migratory experiences, border crossings, and the quest for identity are ... More


Homelessness and Self-Disclosure: Evans Chan’s “Minor” Cinema

Hector Rodriguez

in Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9789888208166
eISBN:
9789888313488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines Evans Chan’s cerebral and personal film The Map of Sex and Love with reference to the concepts raised by Georg Lukacs in his seminal The Theory of the Novel. It is a film marked ... More


Crossings: A Transnational Cinematic Text

Tony Williams

in Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9789888208166
eISBN:
9789888313488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Crossings is ostensibly a fictional narrative set in New York involving motifs familiar to many viewers of Hong Kong’s genre cinema. Yet, in reality, it represents another creative blending of ... More


An Interview with Evans Chan

Tony Williams

in Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories: The Cinema of Evans Chan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9789888208166
eISBN:
9789888313488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This interview covers topics such as the director’s particular cinematic approach, background, literary and cinematic influences, Hong Kong art cinema, and the major social and historical issues that ... More


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