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Frontiers in Art Research, 2023, 5(5); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2023.050506.

Viewing the Writing of the Bottom Space of Hong Kong Movie from "Drifting"


Xin Cai

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Xin Cai

College of Art, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, Zhejiang, China


In recent years, films that focus on the bottom-class people in Hong Kong, represented by "Drifting", have appeared from time to time. The survival plight of the bottom-level groups is an important issue that cannot be avoided in the process of rapid urban development, and it is an issue that deserves our continuous attention and reflection. This article takes the movie "Drifting" as an example, borrows Lefebvre's space production theory to explore the construction of the bottom space in Hong Kong movies. In the material dimension, the narrow temporary residence and the wide road become the bottom layer. The wandering places of the crowd reflect that the bottom-level people are abandoned by the city on the one hand, but on the other hand they have to rely on the support of the city; in the social dimension, spatial reproduction legitimizes the city’s indifference to the bottom-level people; in the psychological dimension, family affection Bonds become a soft counterattack against heterogeneous spaces.


Drifting; Hong Kong films; Bottom space

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Xin Cai. Viewing the Writing of the Bottom Space of Hong Kong Movie from "Drifting". Frontiers in Art Research (2023) Vol. 5, Issue 5: 35-39. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2023.050506.


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