A2 FILM STUDIES – FM4 SECTION A: WORLD CINEMA – URBAN STORIESREVISION OVERVIEWFocusAS TEARS GO BYLA HAINEGEGEN DIE WANDLILYA 4-EVERProduction context
Hong Kong1988France1995Germany / Turkey2004Estonia / Sweden2003
Wong Kar WaiMatthieu KassovitzFatih AkinLukas Moodysoon
Time and place set
Kowloon & LantauIslandHong Kong, late 1980sParis, mid 1990sHamburg / Istanbul,2000sEstonia / Sweden,2000s
Wah / Fly / NgorSaid, Vincent, HubertCahit, SibelLilya, Volodya
Triad life and honour /relationship come andgo with the passing of time – the city alwaysstaysXenophobia,unemployment & classstruggle / youth culturefacing ruling ideology &authorityMulticulturalism and thedifficulties this can bringSex slavery /Christianity – life can behell for some people –why?
Representation of theCity
Seedy / dark /rundown / neon / 24hour / nocturnalHigh rise blocks /enclosed / graffiti / dirtyEmpty / dark /rundown / bocks of flats/ graffiti / nocturnalDark / dreary / high riseblocks / decaying
Influence of city on thecharacters
Entrapment & addictionto environment /continual cycle of consequence / cannever escape itEntrapment but with asense of community &belonging / ‘apart’ fromthe beauty of the city /tied to the city and their place in it due their social class and ethnicstatus.Entrapment & addictionto the environment –the city helps them to‘escape’ reality / theyuse the urbanenvironment rather thanit using them so theycan escape at the end.Entrapment & despair /banality of lives / limitedchoice of opportunity or employment / only onereal way to escape.