Which position is proper? The representation of the policewoman in the Hong Kong film Breaking News

Tingting Hu*

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Abstract

Through the lens of an in-depth narrative analysis of the female representation in the highly recognised, award-winning Hong Kong film—Breaking News (大事件), this study interrogates the ways in which the female police officer is represented as a typical female professional in the male-dominated police force and how this representation projects the traditional Hong Kong gender norm. In light of the model of the postfeminist working girl, this paper interweaves the Western postfeminist theories with Hong Kong sociocultural discourse and opens up a new trajectory to engage postfeminism with the cinematic representation of Hong Kong women. The analysis suggests that the female police officer is placed in an “in-between” space where she is allowed to be empowered with outstanding skills and professional competence, but ultimately contained with devalued success because of her potential victimisation or portrayal of less competence than her male counterparts. Thus, the underlining representation of the female police officer’s professionalism is presented as a cultural strategy that shows a false impression of female empowerment in which the female power is still dominated by males.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-767
Number of pages15
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Chinese femininity
  • female representation
  • Hong Kong films
  • policewoman
  • postfeminism

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