A Dictionary of Cantonese Slang: The Language of Hong Kong Movies, Street Gangs and City Life by Christopher HuttonThe publication of this dictionary locates the discussion of its subject, Cantonese slang, within the social, cultural, and political dynamics of Hong Kong society. The slang of the title refers to a wide range of Hong Kong vernacular Cantonese speech styles, notably the language of the underworld (a major source of innovation in late 20th-21st century speech), of teenagers, and of Hong Kong movies and comics.
The volume offers a general introduction to the history of vernacular and vulgar dictionaries, including the lexicography of Cantonese; the sociopolitical and linguistic background to Hong Kong; and the specific problems faced by the linguist as urban anthropologist in researching such issues. The Dictionary itself offers for the first time a survey of the commonest slang and colloquial phrases used in Hong Kong, including taboo language not hitherto found in any dictionary. It is Cantonese-English, arranged alphabetically according to a widely-used transcription system.
Six films to watch to understand what’s happening in Hong Kong
But if you fight, you must aim to win! Kung fu stars of yesteryear carry this spirited homage to an old genre by two up-and-coming directors. Tonight I dine with Tam Lan-hing. It hit his brain and he was killed instantly. A Cantonese opera troupe encounters the vengeful ghosts of a war-time forged medicine disaster. From phantoms and curses to spells and possessions, this New Wave representative is a furiously paced, Cheung Chau-set horror farce which throws every creepy facet of Chinese superstition at the audience.
For people here, it has felt at times as if life in Hong Kong in imitating art. This comedy tells the story of a spy sent from mainland China to Hong Kong on a mission, and is a classic of a local style of slapstick comedy known as mo lei tau. A parody of the James Bond franchise, the film stars comedy legend Stephen Chow as a butcher who is also a Chinese agent named The plot pokes fun at the huge cultural differences between mainland China and Hong Kong at the time, as the vastly richer citizens of the then British colony often looked down at their neighbors across the border. Indeed, Chow now largely focuses on making films for mainland audiences , and has even gained political influence in China. Released months after the city returned to Chinese rule, Made in Hong Kong , directed by Fruit Chan, explores the feelings of disillusionment and pessimism that enshrouded the city as it entered a new era. The low-budget and edgy indie film focuses on the lives of a group of young Hong Kongers, including a small-time gangster and high-school dropout who is estranged from his family, and his friendships with a terminally ill girl and mentally disabled sidekick.
Did you know that the Hong Kong motion picture industry was once one of the biggest in the world? Not only does Hong Kong cinema play an important part in the culture of Chinese-speaking communities, it also holds major influence worldwide. From iconic rom-coms to action-packed crime thrillers, check out these classic Hong Kong films. Year of Release: Director: John Woo. The action-packed flick had a huge impact on the local film industry, paving the way for Hong Kong crime movies to come. It also made supporting actor Chow Yun-fat a superstar. The father is eventually killed; Kit finds out the truth, blaming Tse-ho and vowing to arrest him.