Fracturing, fixing and healing bodies in the films of Fruit Chan
Liew, Kai Khiun
Date of Issue2008
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
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.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media::Broadcasting::Motion pictures and films
New Cinemas: Journal of contemporary film
© 2008 Intellect. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by New Cinema: Journal of Contemporary Film, Intellect. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ncin.6.3.209_1.