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Time, Space, and Being: Wong Kar-wai’s Remaking of Cinematic Hong Kong

Presenter: Professor KONG Haili (孔海立), Swarthmore College
Date: March 28, 2016
Time: 4:15pm-6:00pm
Location: Humanities 354

Arguably Wong Kar-wai may be considered the most mythical and stylistic Hong Kong film director. It was he who led the Hong Kong cinema into the postmodern stage in the 1990s and his cinematic narratives made his vision and understanding of Hong Kong in a unique and profound way. Particularly his Hong Kong trilogy, “Days of Being Wild (1991),” “Fallen Angels (1995),” and “In the Mood for Love (2000),” well visually represent the intellectual reaction to Hong Kong’s identity--belonging, being, and becoming, which go through his unconventional use of camera, visual-audio media to redefining time, space, and being in the trilogy on postmodernist Hong Kong.

[About the Presenter] 

Haili Kong (PhD in comparative literature), professor of Chinese, has been teaching Chinese language, literature, and cinema since 1994 at Swarthmore College. His publication includes The Melancholic Northeasterner (1998), One Hundred Years of Chinese Cinema (2006), and Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City (2007).