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David Laderman and Laurel Westrup

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199949311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949311.001.0001

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Love in the Club

Love in the Club

Karaoke Realism in Chinese and Hong Kong Cinema

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Sampling Media

Brian Hu

Oxford University Press

China’s acclaimed “urban generation” or “sixth generation” filmmakers like Jia Zhang-ke have, through the concept of “on-the-spot realism,” revolutionized how cinema documents people and spaces in modern China. However, the films’ concerns with profilmic reality brackets off certain experiences that don’t fit neatly within discourses of realism prevalent in the early 2000s. This chapter examines the filmic sampling of existing karaoke music videos in works like Unknown Pleasures and Xiao Wu and compares them with the sampling—and remixing—of Linda Wong’s karaoke video in Pang Ho-cheung’s Beijing-set film Love in the Buff. The comparison reveals alternate possibilities of experience that exceed the bounds of photographic realism and thrive on more unruly phenomena such as cross-media consumption and production, convergence spaces like the KTV, and intersemiotic articulations of stardom and affect.

Keywords:   stardom, karaoke, realism, Chinese-language cinema, sixth generation

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