Fracturing, fixing and healing bodies in the films of Fruit Chan

Khiun, Liew Kai
December 2008
New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film;2008, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p209
Academic Journal
This article explores the treatment of the issues of disability and healing in the films of Hong Kong's independent filmmaker, Fruit Chan, between the years 1997 and 2004. These films include: Made in Hong Kong, Little Cheung, Longest Summer, Hollywood Hong-Kong, Durian Durian, Public Toilet and Dumplings. Distinguished by his efforts to forefront subaltern subjects in the city, Chan's films highlight the complexities of the relationship between social marginality and disability, as well as the medical market and healing cultures. By contrasting diverse forms of healing in his highly hybridized and transnational vernacular medical marketplace, Chan's films are instrumental in displaying the underlying tensions of bio-politics on screen.


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