A Close-up on Cantonese Opera and Cinema

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Cantonese opera expert reveals how stage opera artists stormed the local big screens from the 1940s to the 1970s.


A significant number of Cantonese opera artists and Peking opera artists entered the Cantonese film industry in Hong Kong between 1940 and 1970, which created a period unique to Hong Kong cinema and gave rise to the immediate stardom of these artists.

In this Cantonese talk, Adjunct Professor of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University Li Siu-leung, who has published on Chinese opera and gender, will illustrate this historical phenomenon with the hundreds of films and drama made during these decades.

Of note-worthiness is how these films provide crucial historical insights into the work of some of the most renowned stars of the era, especially when no moving image recordings of stage performances from the 1950s and 1960s exist in modern archives.

Admission to the talk is free. Interested parties are asked to RSVP here.


When: 6 Jan 2019 - 6 Jan 2019 Where: Seminar Hall, Xiqu Centre – 88 Austin Road West, West Kowloon – Tsim Sha Tsui