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date: 19 November 2019

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Chapter 22 traces the history of film adaptions of Hong Kong comics, locally known as manhua, from the late 1940s to the present, from Kiddy Cheung (adapted as The Kid) to McMug Comics (adapted as the McDull film series). Through the examination of selected comics-to-film titles, it examines various stages in the transformation of Hong Kong society and culture. It finds in the successful integration of both media an outstanding example of Hong Kong’s resourcefulness in representing its identity and a rich legacy in Asian popular culture. The essay seeks to preserve the history of two culturally marginalized media currently struggling to maintain their market share and in danger of being forgotten. It includes a filmography listing the publishing dates of the original manhua titles and the theatrical run dates of the adapted film titles.

Keywords: manhua, comics, film adaptation, Hong Kong, popular culture

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