MRI Forum 8

"Crouching Tiger - Hidden Dragon, Infernal Affairs, and Hero
A comparative study on the spatial perspectives of three recent
award-winning films from Greater China"

by Dr. Dominic Yung, Head of the Diocesan AV Centre, Hong Kong


Summary of the Presentation

It is said that the scene space (viz. the m ise-en-scene ) of each film can tell the vision of the film-makers as well as create further visual perspectives among the audience. Thus the spatial elements on the screen often guide the viewers to go beyond the visuals. The speaker was involved lately in a comparative study on three recent award-winning films from Greater China, namely, Crouching Tiger - Hidden Dragon <臥虎藏龍> (Ang Lee, Taiwan, 2000), Infernal Affairs <無間道> (Andrew Lau & Alan Mak, Hong Kong, 2002), and Hero <英雄> (Zhang Yimou, China, 2002). The three well-known classics have displayed considerable varieties in plot, setting, style, and origin. However, they were all aimed for an international audience, and eventually won numerous awards worldwide. The talk will focus on the spatial elements of each film, intending to bring forth different perspectives.

Profile of the Speaker

Dominic YUNG is a scholar in film studies, though he has dedicated much of his life to producing films and videos. His thesis for M. Ph. studies the depiction of mainlanders in HK films in the 1980s. And his dissertation for Ph. D. deals with Gilles Deleuze and the space of interpretation. His approach to film studies has been cultural and multi-disciplinary, with specific reference to feminism, post-modernism, media ethics, and AV culture. He was recently invited to be juror at the Sithengi International Film Festival in Cape Town, the Farabi International Film Festival in Tehran, and the HKIFF. Currently, he is Head of the Hong Kong Diocesan AV Centre, President of SIGNIS/Hong Kong, and an Ex-Com Member of Youth Outreach. Among his many cultural and religious videos produced, the 1001 Lamb , God in Tibet , and A Way to Tibet have won international awards. At present, he also serves as a part-time Professor in the Department of Journalism & Communications of the Hong Kong Shue Yan College, and is a Guest Professor at the Holy Spirit Seminary College.