Collage: Jadin Wong to Maggie Cheung:
Hong Kong in Film
In the 1930s, Chinese entertainment was filled with performances of vaudeville and burlesque, jade girls and silent screen stars, pin-ups and flappers, and leading lady Jadin Wong (born ‘Anna Mae’). From tap dancing for pennies and sleeping on park benches after running away from home, to leading “Moon Goddess” at the infamous Forbidden City nightclub in San Francisco sharing a stage with Josephine Baker in Paris, this quintessential showgirl blurred cultural boundaries with her daring spirit and unwavering passion.
Jadin’s contemporary, Maggie Cheung is also a master of transformation- the epitome of Hong Kong’s layered narratives. Maggie Cheung captured the minds of the international public as Madame Chan in Wong Kar
Hong Kong is a futuristic city, where east and west blend in postmodern collage. Traditional homes as the foundations for mirrored skyscrapers. Neon illuminating rusting food carts. The serpentine metropolis of crowded escalators, alleys, and corridors sheds its skin with dizzying speed, charged by a (new-ish) obsession with commerce. Wong Kar Wai pays homage to the city: a slice of 90s Hong Kong life is juxtaposed with influences from 1930s screwball comedy, film noir, French New Wave (particularly Jean-Luc Godard’s Masculin Feminin), and action-laden cop thriller chasing gangsters in the dark underbelly of Chungking Mansions.
The Midnight Express, a fast food stall in the pulsating Chungking Mansions, feeds merchants, traders, visitors, and refugees from more than 130 countries. The Cantonese pop star Faye
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