Hong Kong New Wave

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The Hong Kong New Wave was a movement in Chinese cinema that emerged in the late 80's and early 90's.

Origins of the movement

The Hong Kong New Wave started in 1979. During the 80's, the film industry began to flourish; many Chinese households did not have a TV at the time. Film served as the primary source of entertainment.[1] Many of the New Wave directors had a Western-style education and thus, were influenced by western filmmaking and culture.[2] The films of the New Wave, stylistically, lacked coherence; rather the term was used to make the distinction between new filmmakers and studio filmmaking.[3] These films utilized new technology, like synchronous sound, new editing techniques, and filming movies on location.[4]

Second Wave

In 1984, the New Wave began to gain attention from international audiences, thus prompting a "second wave." These directors include Stanley Kwan, Wong Kar-wai, Mabel Cheung, Alex Law, Fruit Chan, Peter Chan, and Tammy Cheung.[4]

Major figures


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  2. Desser, David; Fu, Poshek (2000). The Cinema of Hong Kong : history, arts, identity. Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. p. 104. ISBN 9780521772358. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Curtin, Michael (2007). Playing to the world's biggest audience : the globalization of Chinese film and TV. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 60. ISBN 9780520940734. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Zhang, Yingjin. A companion to Chinese cinema. Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. p. 97. ISBN 9781444355994. Retrieved 23 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>