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date: 09 March 2021

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Analyzing five recent Hong Kong films, this chapter argues that geographical collaboration between China and Hong Kong is one of the major focuses of Hong Kong film in the recent decade and that the audience is invited to shape and reshape, on the level of imaginary linkage, the identity of Hong Kong and the gendered imagined figures that predominate in conceiving likely social connections and disconnections between people across the border. It is the diverse Chinese mobile women who cross the border to Hong Kong who serve as linking figures for the films to redefine the imagined community of contemporary Hong Kong, acting as a rhetorical vehicle to articulate connections and contradictions between Hong Kong and China. The seemingly banal gender ideology that assumes a dichotomy—wherein China is the feminized Other in contrast to a masculine Hong Kong subject—thereby generates new narratives of border crossing in response to the changing dynamics of capitalism development in Hong Kong and China over recent years.

Keywords: Hong Kong cinema, Sino–Hong Kong relationship, mobile women from China, northbound movement, imaginary communities, border crossing

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