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Week 4 (5th Feb) (we will meet in Sawyer 927 and half of the class will walk with the instructor/TA over to 20 Somerset)
4:30 - 5:10 p.m.
From A Better Tomorrow
1. How do Ho, Kit, and Mark see morality differently? (1-3)
2. Who is the most conflictual about his sense of morality? (4-7)
3. When Ho and Mark were on the peak overlooking Hong Kong, Mark said he wants to take back what he lost. What did he lose? Did he get back what he lost at the end? (8-11)
4. At which point did Kit question his sense of morality? (12-15)
5. Why did Ho surrender himself to Taiwanese police at the beginning of the film? Why did he handcuff himself at the end? Was the motivation in both instances the same? (16-19)
Week 5 (12th Feb) (Gp A will stay in S927 and Gp B will go to 417K at 20 Somerset at 4:30 p.m.)
From The Killer
1. Why is Inspector Li so obsessed with Jeffrey? (2-5)
2. What stylistic tactics did John Woo use to show that Inspector Li and Jeffrey are very similar? (For example, costume style, posture, prop, lighting etc.) (6-9)
3. What is the significance of Jenny's eyes in the film? Why did her eyesight have to go bad gradually? Why did Jeffrey have to be blind at the end? (10-13)
4. Which characters from A Better Tomorrow (Ho, Kit, Mark) is the most like Inspector Li? (14-17)
5. Which characters from A Better Tomorrow (Ho, Kit, Mark) is the most like Jeffrey? (1, 18-19)
From Hard-Boiled (no discussion)
1. Does Tequila have faith in the police force?
2. Is it clear why Alan decided to be an undercover?
3. What is the significance of babies in the film?
4. Which character from A Better Tomorrow (Ho, Kit, Mark) is the most like Tequila?
5. Which character from The Killer (Jeffrey, Inspector Li, Sidney) is the most like Tequila?
Week 7 (26th Feb) (Gp A will stay in S927 and Gp B will go to 414
417K at 20 Somerset at 4:30 p.m.)
From Chungking Express
1. What signifies time in both stories? Identify artefacts and symbols and suggest how they are used. (2, 6, 10, 18)
2. Does a delay in time make people miss relationship? That is, if they met each other at the right time, would they fall in love? (3, 7, 11)
3. How can we describe Cop 663 (played by Tony Leung)? Why is he oblivious of the changes around him? (4, 8, 12)
4. In what way is Cop 663 (Story 2) similar to Cop 223 (Story 1)? (5, 9, 13)
5. Why didn't Faye show up for the date? Why did she have to leave a boarding pass to Cop 663? (14, 17, 19)
6. How do the characters in both stories connect to each other through objects? (1, 15, 16)
Week 8 (5th Mar) (Gp A will stay in S927 and Gp B will go to 414 at 20 Somerset at 4:30 p.m.)
From Days of Being Wild
1. What is the significance of time-telling devices (clock, watch)? How do these props relate to the dialogues? (6, 9, 12, 15)
2. How does a delay in time make people miss relationships? In other words, if people met in the right time, would they fall in love with each other? (7, 10, 13, 16)
3. How do you compare the relationship between Su Li-zhen (played by Maggie Cheung) and Yuddy with that of Lulu/Mimi (played by Carina Lau) and Yuddy? (8, 11, 14, 17)
4. What is the significance of the last scene in which a new character is introduced? (1, 18-19)
5. Why is going away from Hong Kong important to Yuddy and Lulu/Mimi?
(19th Mar) (26th Mar) (Gp A will stay in S927 and Gp B will go to 414 at 20 Somerset at 4:30 p.m.)
From In the Mood for Love
1. What are some recurring objects and characters in Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love? (3-6)
2. What is the significance of the absence of the faces of the husband of Mrs. Chan (played by Maggie Cheung) and the wife of Mr. Chow (played by Tony Leung)? (7-10)
3. How do door frames, screens and mirrors obscure the two "absent" characters Mr. Chan and Mrs. Chow? How does this imply the genre of In the Mood for Love? (11-14)
4. How many times do Mrs. Chan and Mr. Chow role play? What is the significance of role-playing? Does the function change throughout the film? (15-18)
5. Would you suggest that Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan had an affair? If yes or no, is the genre romance? (1-2, 19)
From 2046 (no discussion)
1. What are some recurring objects and characters in Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love, and 2046?
2. How did the character of Chow change from In the mood for love to 2046? In what ways is Chow more like Yuddy in Days of Being Wild? In what ways has Chow not changed?
3. How did Chow project his feeling from one Su Li-zhen in In the Mood For Love to another Su Li-zhen (played by Gong Li) in 2046? Is the relationship between him and the two Li-zhens the same?
4. In what way is Chow's relationship with Bai Ling similar with Yuddy's relationship with Mimi/Lulu?
5. Is Chow the mysterious nameless character at the end of Days of Being Wild?
6. Is this film a sci-fi because of the use of CGI effects and the future train motif?
Week 12 (9th April) (Gp A will stay in S927 and Gp B will go to 414 at 20 Somerset at 4:30 p.m.)
From Infernal Affairs
1. How do technologies conceal and reveal the identities of Chan (played by Tony Leung) and Lau (played by Andy Lau)? (16-19)
2. Is Lau loyal to Sam? What is Lau's goal in life? (13-15)
3. What does being a "good guy" mean to Chan? Does he do bad things too? Is he a loyal person? (1-4)
4. What does being a cop mean to Lau? Does he think that being a cop means being a good person? Is he a chronic liar or something more than that? (5-8)
5. How many times did Mary ponder upon the question of " who is a good guy"? How was her conclusion different? (9-12)
From Confession of Pain (no discussion)
1. Is Lau/Hei (played by Tony Leung) a good person or a bad person? Does he believe in justice? Does he take justice in his own hand?
2. What is the symbolic significance of using a buddha head to kill a man?
3. What is the relation between Hei and Susan? Is it wrong to deceive and kill one's wife (presumably a loved one)?
4. Why is death the only option for Hei? How does he lose his identity for a second time after the death of Susan?
5. Is Bong a good friend of Lau/Hei? If he had reported Hei's crime to the police, would Bong have betrayed Hei?
Week 14 (23rd April) (Gp A will stay in S927 and Gp B will go to 414 at 20 Somerset at 4:30 p.m.)
From Police Story
1. What are some comedic gags in Police Story? (For example, jokes about women) (3, 6, 9, 12)
2. What are some instances to show the humane side of kung fu? (Re-read relevant points from Shu for Quiz 8) (4, 7, 10, 13)
3. For an audience who does not come from Hong Kong, is the story relatable? Which scenes may be puzzling? (5, 8, 11, 14)
4. What is the function of kung fu in this film? (1, 2, 18, 19)
Is Jackie Chan's character similar to a typical American action hero? (15-17)
Week 15 (30th April) (Gp A will stay in S927 and Gp B will go to 414 at 20 Somerset at 4:30 p.m.)
From Kung Fu Hustle
1. Kung fu films usually do not use special effects for fight scenes and wuxia films take place in ancient China. How does Kung Fu Hustle fit in both genres? (15-18)
2. Bruce Lee symbolized all oppressed people, who are the oppressed in this film? Who save them? (11-14)
3. Jackie Chan is skilful at manipulating physical objects in fight scenes, what are some scenes in this film that follow Chan's tradition? (7-10)
4. What is kung fu to the young Sing, the adult Sing before and after the transformation? (3-6)
How are Sing and Beast like superheros? (1-2, 19)
From The Grandmaster (no discussion. The two questions below are for exam preparation)
1. Wong Kar-wai made The Grandmasteri to preserve different schools of kung fu. How did he achieve this? If he used the film medium to preserve memory, how do his characters in Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love, and 2046 preserve their memories? Pick one character and discuss.
2. Kung fu films are nationalist in nature. How does Ip Man show his nationalism? Do Jackie Chan and Stephen Chow show their nationalist stance in Police Story and Kung Fu Hustle too? If yes, which scenes show this? If no, then what are they fighting for?