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Michael Berry and Chiho Sawada

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851514

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851514.001.0001

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Oscillating Histories

Oscillating Histories

Representations of Comfort Women from Bamboo House of Dolls to Imperial Comfort Women

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(p.153) Chapter 7 Oscillating Histories
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Divided Lenses
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Lily Wong

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824851514.003.0008

In “Oscillating Histories: Representations of Comfort Women in Chinese Language Film and Television,” Lily Wong confronts the dark historical legacy of the comfort woman through the lens of Hong Kong and PRC exploitation cinema and television miniseries. While the comfort women issue has become a hotbed for social movements in Korea, Taiwan, Japan China, and elsewhere where protesters demand justice through apologies and reparations, one of the more unexpected responses has been a series of Chinese-language films that frame historical violence as soft-core titillation. In this chapter Wong navigates the often murky ethical waters and complex sexual politics surrounding such productions as Shaw Brothers’ Bamboo House of Dolls (Nü jizhongying, 1972) and the television miniseries Imperial Comfort Women (Diguo junji, 1995).

Keywords:   PRC television, Hong Kong cinema, Shaw Brothers, comfort women, exploitation cinema

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