This article examines the popular uses of history in Hong Kong-Chinese biographical films about martial arts masters, focusing particularly on Ronny Yu’s Fearless/Huo Yuanjia (2006) and Wilson Yip’s Ip Man (2008) – two films that have been very popular in Asia. It considers the following questions: How is history being used? What kinds of histories are being created? And for whom? The article begins with a brief overview of the martial arts biopic before exploring how these films promote a problematically gendered, ethnic or national identity whereby ‘Chineseness’ is disarticulated from the really-existing nation-state, while also creating other types of ‘imagined communities’.
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|