Invasion, Takeover, and Disappearance: Post-Cold War Fear in Hong Kong SAR Sci-Fi Film

Kenny K.K. Ng*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter examines a cult film formation in Hong Kong SAR cinema-The Midnight After, directed by Fruit Chan and released in 2015-as symptomatic of a post-Cold War fear of death, morbidity, and the disappearance of humankind and their pasts. In the dystopian science-fiction story, the impossibility of imagining the city’s decolonial and postnational futures are displaced by the fear of an unknown authority conducting destructive scientific experiments on the citizens. The film asks viewers to decide for themselves how to keep the storytelling going, and to reimagine how an alternative diverse society can be worked out.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of CoFuturisms
EditorsTaryne Jade Taylor, Isiah Lavender III, Grace L. Dillon, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay
Place of PublicationNew York; Oxon
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781000934076, 9780429317828
ISBN (Print)9780367330613, 9781032557649
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Literature Handbooks

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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