Hong Kong New Wave

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Ann Hui was among the Hong Kong New Wave

The Hong Kong New Wave was a movement in Chinese-language cinema that emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Origins of the movement[edit]

The Hong Kong New Wave started in 1979. During the 1980s, the film industry began to flourish; many Chinese households did not have a TV at the time. Film served as the primary source of entertainment.[1] Many of the New Wave directors had a Western-style education and thus, were influenced by western filmmaking and culture.[2] The films of the New Wave, stylistically, lacked coherence; rather the term was used to make the distinction between new filmmakers and studio filmmaking.[3] These films utilized new technology, like synchronous sound, new editing techniques, and filming movies on location.[4]

Second Wave[edit]

In 1984, the New Wave began to gain attention from international audiences, thus prompting what became known as the Second Wave." These directors include Stanley Kwan, Wong Kar-wai, Mabel Cheung, Alex Law, Fruit Chan, Peter Chan, and Tammy Cheung.[4]

Major figures[edit]


  1. ^ Zhang, Yingjin (2004). Chinese national cinema. New York: Routledge. pp. 156–178. ISBN 9780415172899.
  2. ^ Desser, David; Fu, Poshek (2000). The Cinema of Hong Kong : history, arts, identity. Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. p. 104. ISBN 9780521772358.
  3. ^ Curtin, Michael (2007). Playing to the world's biggest audience : the globalization of Chinese film and TV. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 60. ISBN 9780520940734.
  4. ^ a b Zhang, Yingjin. A companion to Chinese cinema. Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. p. 97. ISBN 9781444355994. Retrieved 23 December 2015.