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Title: 冷战与香港的长城、凤凰、新联--以1945-1967年为考察时段 = A Study of the Hong Kong Leftist Film Companies during the Cold War (1945-1967)
Authors: 叶舒瑜
YAP SOO EI
Keywords: Cold War, Hong Kong leftist film companies, Movie Stars Arts Troupe, individuals, politics, entertainment
Issue Date: 14-Jan-2011
Source: 叶舒瑜,YAP SOO EI (2011-01-14). 冷战与香港的长城、凤凰、新联--以1945-1967年为考察时段 = A Study of the Hong Kong Leftist Film Companies during the Cold War (1945-1967). ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Recent studies on the Cold War have begun to take a closer look at the various forms of cultural production during the era. Most scholars have credited films as one of the most influential medium during the Cold War. Putting this in perspective, studies on China and her Cold War cultural policies have also paid much attention to the popularity of China?s films in the Southeast Asian region during the Cold War. Nonetheless it is not sufficient to only look at films. This thesis undertakes a study of the Hong Kong leftist film companies, namely Great Wall, Feng Huang and Xin Lian, from three aspects?the individual actresses, film productions and the Movie Stars Arts Troupe. My aim is to illustrate the significant role played by the Hong Kong leftist film companies during the Cold War. This thesis first takes a closer look at Lin Dai, Gong Qiuxia and Xia Meng, prominent movie actresses from the Hong Kong leftist film companies in chapter three. The next chapter however turns attention to the co-production between the Hong Kong leftist film companies and the People?s Republic of China (PRC) in producing a number of highly popular opera films & comedies. Lastly, chapter five zooms in on the Movie Stars Arts Troupe, a performing arts troupe made up of mainly actresses and actors from Great Wall and Feng Huang. This troupe visited Singapore in 1959, 1963 & 1966 and unofficially represented the PRC as her ?cultural ambassadors? to the Southeast Asian region. In doing so, the Movie Stars Arts Troupe prided itself as extending China?s gesture of goodwill to Singapore during the Cold War. A study of the Hong Kong leftist film companies thus not only provides insight into the history of Hong Kong in the 50-60s but also lends a more complete understanding of China's Cold War strategies through her ?HK ally? i.e. the leftist film companies. In fact, the Hong Kong leftist film companies played an important role in bridging the connection between China and countries in the Southeast Asia amidst policies of containment during the Cold War. The Movie Stars Arts Troupe also serves as an excellent example to shed light on the PRC-Hong Kong-Singapore connection during Cold War, which otherwise remains relatively unexplored in earlier works. Finally, the attempt by the Hong Kong leftist film companies in blending politics and entertainment, individuals and ideology, contributes to the uniqueness of the Hong Kong leftist film companies too.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/23701
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