The gendered politics of sex work in Hong Kong cinema: Herman Yau and Elsa Chan (Yeeshan)’s Whispers and Moans and True Women for Sale

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dc.contributor.author Marchetti, Gina
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-02T12:03:03Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-02T12:03:03Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Marchetti, G. (2015) 'The gendered politics of sex work in Hong Kong cinema: Herman Yau and Elsa Chan (Yeeshan)’s Whispers and Moans and True Women for Sale', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 10. en
dc.identifier.issued 10
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 19
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5978
dc.description.abstract The portrayal of women as prostitutes is common in Hong Kong cinema, and filmmakers have looked at sex work from various perspectives: as a social problem, as an index of women’s economic exploitation more generally, as a way to explore the relationship between economics and sexuality, as a window onto the world of sexual minorities and as erotica. Scriptwriter Elsa Chan, working in conjunction with director Herman Yau, has made two features about women in the Hong Kong sex industry—Whispers and Moans (性工作者十日談, 2007) and True Women for Sale(性工作者2 我不賣身·我賣子宮, 2008)—based on Chan’s anthropological studies of women in the sex industry in Hong Kong. Like their earlier collaboration From the Queen to the Chief Executive (等候董建華發落, 2001), these films look at the “sensational” (youth murders, prostitution) with an eye to understanding and, perhaps, remedying social injustice. In fact, the issue of “justice” and women’s role as exploited victims as well as potential agents of change link Elsa Chan’s scripts to the interests of other women filmmakers currently working in Hong Kong. Whispers and Moans and True Women for Sale offer a critical perspective on the circulation of women across borders and gesture toward a feminist intervention into the shadow economy between transnational capitalism and the socialist marketplace in China. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
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dc.rights © 2015, The Author(s) en
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dc.subject Sex industry en
dc.subject Women en
dc.subject Sexuality en
dc.subject Justice en
dc.subject Sensational en
dc.subject Social injustice en
dc.subject Victim en
dc.title The gendered politics of sex work in Hong Kong cinema: Herman Yau and Elsa Chan (Yeeshan)’s Whispers and Moans and True Women for Sale en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Gina Marchetti, University of Hong Kong en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville


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