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At The Gutter: Blurry Images Coming Clear: Hong Kong Cinema, Censorship and Me

This week, Carol writes about Hong Kong movies, subtitles and censorship:

"[W]hen I started watching Hong Kong movies (projected in their correct aspect ratios and with no unintentional decapitations), I started wondering why they came pre-subtitled. Chinese subtitles do automatically expand the market for Cantonese films beyond Cantonese-speaking communities. And English subtitles were nice for me. But it turns out that British colonial authorities wanted to keep an eye on Chinese film. In 1963, the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed a law requiring that all films be subtitled in English. (Stokes & Hoover, 25). The British had been concerned with the possiblity of film fomenting dissent and hostility towards Europeans since the beginning of the Chinese film industry, but between 1919 and 1963, Hong Kong censors had examined, cut, and banned thousands of films without necessarily understanding Cantonese or Mandarin."

(Thai poster for No One Can Touch Her (1979) via Kung Fu Movie Posters)

teleportcity:

Even still more More Master of the Flying Guillotine

Happy Year of the Snake from The Five Deadly Venoms and the Wu Tang Clan!

one of my all time favorite kung fu comedies.

one of my all time favorite kung fu comedies.

Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia as Asia in Swordsman II, the Victor Victoria of wuxia movies. Last genderqueer picture from HK cinema today, I promise.

Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia as Asia in Swordsman II, the Victor Victoria of wuxia movies. Last genderqueer picture from HK cinema today, I promise.

Genderqueer fun for Pride! Lam Ching-Ying as a Peking Opera artist who specializes in female roles and teaches Yuen Biao to fight in Prodigal Son. Also, no tragedy, just fighting!

Genderqueer fun for Pride! Lam Ching-Ying as a Peking Opera artist who specializes in female roles and teaches Yuen Biao to fight in Prodigal Son. Also, no tragedy, just fighting!

Windy confronts Yang in Kagan McLeod’s Infinite Kung Fu. One of the panels from this was used in Comics Editor Carol’s piece on IKF.
Read a preview of IKF here.

Windy confronts Yang in Kagan McLeod’s Infinite Kung Fu. One of the panels from this was used in Comics Editor Carol’s piece on IKF.

Read a preview of IKF here.

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orientallyyours:

Cantonese opera actor, Kwan Duk Hing, as a cowboy in the 1930s. Image from the University of California’s Museum of Performance and Design, Performing Arts Library. 

Kwan Tak-hing 關德興 is best remembered for playing the Cantonese folk hero Wong Fei-hung 黃飛鴻 in a prolific and long-running series of Hong Kong films during the 1950s and 60s. This photo iss from the early 1930s when he was performing Cantonese Opera in San Francisco Chinatown.

softfilm:

orientallyyours:

Cantonese opera actor, Kwan Duk Hing, as a cowboy in the 1930s. Image from the University of California’s Museum of Performance and Design, Performing Arts Library. 

Kwan Tak-hing 關德興 is best remembered for playing the Cantonese folk hero Wong Fei-hung 黃飛鴻 in a prolific and long-running series of Hong Kong films during the 1950s and 60s. This photo iss from the early 1930s when he was performing Cantonese Opera in San Francisco Chinatown.

Secret Santa gift from M.O.S.S. Agent David Foster (aka, Permission to Kill). Carol will be writing about it for The Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit.