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The Second World War in postwar Chinese and Japanese film

Tsu, T.Y., Wilson, S.ORCID: 0000-0002-8341-3120 and Tam, K-F (2014) The Second World War in postwar Chinese and Japanese film. In: Tam, K-F, Tsu, T.Y. and Wilson, S., (eds.) Chinese and Japanese Films on the Second World War. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 1-11.

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This chapter discusses a number of the television documentaries that deal with Hong Kong history, focusing on four in particular: Tuesday Report, Hong Kong History Decoded, The History of Hong Kong Series and Hong Kong Stories. TamKing-fai pays special attention to the episodes about the Japanese occupation from 1941 to1945. The first thing to note about the television documentaries on Hong Kong history is that almost invariably, they tend to favour those chapters in which the connections between Hong Kong and China are prominent. Second, these documentaries make extensive use of raw film footage of the period, which contains images not only of actual combat, but also of the miserable state of Hong Kong society under Japanese rule. Historical memories change over time, as many have noted. It is therefore not surprising that remembrance of Hong Kong's past has changed. In broad strokes, until the 1980s, Hong Kong was perceived to have no separate history of its own.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge
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