Embracing Dream And Identity Of Hong Kong

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Embracing Dream and Identity In the 90s of the century, many important events happened between China and Hong Kong. Without questioning, one of the most influential incidents happened during this period of time was Hong Kong’s reunion with China in July 1997; it transformed Hong Kong from a colonial dependent territory to a Chinese administration region. The local Hong Kong people felt disoriented of their futures and many of them came to the question of their national identities; it is because the different political and educational system between Hong Kong and China makes the local Hong Kong people feel differentiated from the mainland Chinese people. Since Hong Kong and China has been separated for a few decades, the local Hong Kong…show more content…
Many themes are depicted in these movies, and yet, the topic which has been most discussed is the exploration of identity. I will discuss in the following of my paper on three Hong Kong movies I pick, Full Moon in New York (Dir. Stanley Kwan, 1989), Her Fatal Ways (Dir. Alfred Cheung, 1990), and Comrades, Almost a Lover Story (Dir. Peter Chan, 1997) as reference to illustrate my idea into a deeper level. Full Moon in New York (Dir. Stanley Kwan, 1989), is a tale of three Chinese women who has a different cultural background and immigrate to New York out of their distinct purposes. Zhao-Hong, starring Siqin Gaowa, plays a submissive housewife who gains her legal status in U.S. after married to an American citizen, Thomas. Although her husband and she are able to make a decent living in Manhattan, however, she is barely coping with strange Western ways. The other two actresses in the leading role are Sylvia Chang and Maggie Cheung. Sylvia plays as an aspiring actress and Maggie Cheung plays an ambitious successful business woman. These three women meet at a diner, which Maggie owns, and their friendship forges on since then. One of the most important themes has been portrayed in this movie is the cultural conflicts between the Western and Eastern culture. Such differences are well represented in the relationship of Zhao-Hong and her husband. No
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