Due at the beginning of class unless stated otherwise

January
Weeks 1&2
15th (M) MLK Day – university closes

22nd (M)
Introduction to and Overview of the Class

23rd (Tue) Last day to add/register

Bonus quiz
Due on 21st (Su) at 23:00
(available on Blackboard)

Week 3
29th (M)
Introduction to John Woo 吳宇森
A Better Tomorrow (1986) (95 minutes) 英雄本色

Discussion questions

Readings:
Bordwell, David, Thompson, Kristin, & Smith, Jeff. (2017). Film art: Introduction (11th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. (pp. 488-492) (5 pgs)
Stokes, Lisa Odham & Hoover, Michael. (1999). City on fire: Hong Kong Cinema. London: Verso (Ch. 1 Mapping the territory) (16 pgs)
Lee, Vivian P. Y. (2011). The Hong Kong new wave: A critical reappraisal. In Song Hwee Lim and Julian Ward (Eds.), The Chinese cinema book (pp. 131-138). London: BFI. (8 pgs)


Quiz 1
Due on 28th (Su) at 23:00

February
Week 4
5th (M)
The Killer (1989) (111 minutes) 喋血雙雄

Discussion questions

Readings:
Fang, Karen (2004). John Woo's A Better Tomorrow. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. (Ch. 2 The Film) (28 pgs)
Fang, Karen. (2004). (Ch. 4 Global Reception ca. 1997) (30 pgs)

6th (Tue) Last day to drop without a W

Quiz 2
Due on 4th (Su) at 23:00

Week 5
12th (M)
Hard-Boiled (1992) (128 minutes) 辣手神探

Discussion questions

Readings:
An, Jinsoo. (2001). The Killer: Cult film and transcultural (mis)reading. In Esther C.M. Yau (Ed.), At full speed: Hong Kong cinema in a borderless world (pp. 95-113). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. (15 pgs)
Stokes, Lisa Odham & Hoover, Michael. (1999). City on fire: Hong Kong Cinema. London: Verso. (Ch. 3 Whose better tomorrow?) (26 pgs)

Quiz 3
Due on 11th (Su) at 23:00

Week 6
19th (M) – Presidents' Day – university closes
21st (W) Make-up for 19th

Introduction to Wong Kar-wai 王家衛
Chungking Express (1994) (102 minutes) 重慶森林

Discussion questions

Paper 1 due at the beginning of class
Instruction
Rubric

Week 7
26th (M)
Days of Being Wild (1990) (92 minutes) 阿飛正傳

Discussion questions

Readings:
Cameron, Allan. (2007). Trajectories of identification: Travel and global culture in the films of Wong Kar-wai. Jump Cut, 47. (10 pgs)
Abbas, Ackbar. (1997). Hong Kong: Culture and the politics of disappearance. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. (Ch. 3 Wong Kar-wai: Hong Kong filmmaker) (22 pgs)
Teo, Stephen. (2005). Wong Kar-wai. London: BFI. (Ch. 1 Introduction) (14 pgs)

Quiz 4
Due on 25th (Su) at 23:00

Critique 1 due at the beginning of class

March
Week 8
5th (M)
In the Mood for Love (2000) (95 minutes) 花樣年華

Discussion questions

Readings:
Yau, Esther C. M. (2001). Introduction. In Esther C. M. Yau (Ed.), At full speed: Hong Kong cinema in a borderless world (pp. 1-19). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. (20 pgs)
Teo (2005). Ch. 3 Wong's heartbreak tango. (16 pgs)

Release mid-term grade. Students who receive C minus or below are encouraged to see the instructor.

Quiz 5
Due on 4th (Su) at 23:00
Spring break 11th-18th
(some student services may be unavailable)

Week 9
19th (M)
2046 (2004) (120 minutes)

Discussion questions

Readings:
Teo (2005). Ch. 8 Betrayed by Maggie Cheung (17 pgs)
Teo (2005). Ch. 9 Wong's time odyssey (19 pgs)
Lee, Vivian P. Y. (2009). Hong Kong cinema since 1997: The post-nostalgic imagination. NY: Palgrave Macmillan. (Ch. 1 post-nostalgia: In the mood for love and 2046). (22 pgs)

21st (W) Last day to drop without a F

Quiz 6
Due on 18th (Su) at 23:00

Week 10
26th (M)
Introduction to Andrew Lau and Alan Mak 劉偉強 麥成輝

Infernal Affairs (2002) (97 min.) 無間道

Paper 2 due at the beginning of class

April
Week 11
2nd (M)
Confession of pain (2006) (110 min.) 傷城

Readings:
Marchetti, Gina. (2007). Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs – The Trilogy. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. (Ch. 1 Introduction) (8 pgs)
Marchetti Ch. 2 Forgotten times. (42 pgs)
Lee, Vivian P. Y. (2009). Hong Kong cinema since 1997: The post-nostalgic imagination. NY: Palgrave Macmillan. (Ch. 6 Karmic redemption: Memory and schizophrenia in Hong Kong action films). (22 pgs)

Quiz 7
Due on 1st (Su) at 23:00

Critique 2 due at the beginning of class

Week 12
9th (M)
Introduction to the martial arts genre
Police Story (1985) (dir: Jackie Chan; 106 min.) 警察故事

Reading:
Shu, Yuan. (2003). Reading the Kung Fu film in an American context: From Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan. Journal of popular film and television, 31 (2), 51-59. (8 pgs)

Creative Work due at the beginning of class

Week 13
16th (M) – Patriot Day, university closes
17th (Tu) Make-up for 16th

Kung Fu Hustle (2004) (dir: Stephen Chow; 98 min.) 功夫

Reading:
Dumas, Raechel (2009). Kung fu production for global consumption: the depoliticization of kung fu in Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle, Style 43(1), 64-85. (19 pgs)

Quiz 8
Due on 16th (M) at 23:00

Submission of Final Exam question 1

Week 14
23rd (M)
Grandmaster (Hong Kong edition) (2013) (dir: Wong Kar-wai; 130 min.) 一代宗師

Readings:
Li, Hongyu. (2013). The Grandmaster or the grand barber? Multiple choice questions for Wong Kar-wai. In S. Lee & M. Lee (Eds.) Wong Kar-wai: Interviews (pp. 141-150). Oxford, MS: University of Mississippi Press. (Students who can read simplified Chinese may also make reference to: http://www.infzm.com/content/84878) (9 pgs)
An Ying. (2015). Wong Kar-wai: The Grandmaster should have been a trilogy. In S. Lee & M. Lee (pp. 166-171). (Students who can read simplified Chinese may also make reference to: http://www.bjnews.com.cn/ent/2015/01/09/349230.html) (5 pgs)
Cheung, Esther M.K., & Chu, Yiu-wai. (2004). Introduction: Between home and world. In Esther M. K. Cheung, & Yiu-wai Chu (eds), Between home and world: A reader in Hong Kong cinema (pp. xii-xxxv). Hong Kong: Oxford University Press. (24 pgs)

Quiz 9
Due on 22nd (Su) at 23:00

Submission of Final Exam question 2

Week 15
30th (M)
(cont.) Grandmaster

Exam review

Class evaluation

Paper 3

May
3rd (Th) Reading Day

7th (M) Final Exam
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Same Venue

11th (F) Grades Due


Final Examination