Right Screen in Hong Kong: Chang Kuo-sin’s Asia Pictures and The Heroine

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This chapter traces Chang Kuo-sin’s 1950s media project with the support of the CIA-backed Asia Foundation. Chang launched Asia Pictures in Hong Kong to produce Chinese movies intended to present non-communist and anti-communist worldviews to diasporic Chinese audiences. Chang attempted to vie with the left-wing Great Wall Pictures by producing commercially friendly pictures. The chapter examines the production of The Heroine (1955), a historical psycho-drama about a female assassin during the transition of the Ming to Qing Dynasty in 1664. The Heroine pioneered as a “woman’s picture” by figuring a female assassin in martial arts storytelling. The study assesses the contributions of Asia Pictures to Sinophone cinema and diasporic Chinese experiences amidst the leftist and rightist cultural contentions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemapping the Cold War in Asian Cinemas
EditorsSangjoon Lee , Darlene Espena
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9789463727273
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2024

Publication series

NameCritical Asian Cinemas

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