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Kristof edited

Assistant Professor

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Academic Background

PhD Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

MA Sinology, The Catholic University of Leuven

Research Interest

  • East Asian film and popular media
  • Trauma and memory
  • Film history and theory
  • Contemporary Chinese history

Current Research

  • The Influence of Alfred Hitchcock on Hong Kong Crime Films of the 1950s and 1960s
  • Colonial Censorship in 1970s and 1980s Hong Kong, and Its Relationship to Local Crime Cinema
  • The Popularity of "Eastern Westerns" in Contemporary China

Courses Offered

CHES5001A Perspectives on Chinese Studies
CHES5002A Chinese Studies Fieldtrip
CHES5126 China on Screen
CHES5133 Trauma and Memory in 20th and 21st Century China
CHES5134 East Asian Film Genres in a Globalizing World

Selected Publications

2020 “Genre and Censorship: The Crime Film in Late Colonial Hong Kong”, in Renegotiating Film Genres in East Asian Cinemas and Beyond, edited by Feng Lin and James Aston. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
2020 "Propagandist or Objective Observer? Independent Documentaries in/on Hong Kong’s Recent Social Movements." Asian Education and Development Studies. 10 November 2020.
2017 “Sword, Fist, or Gun? The 1970s Origins of Contemporary Hong Kong Noir,” in Hong Kong Neo-Noir Cinema: Capital, Urban Visuality and a Criminal Modernity, ed Esther C.M. Yau and Tony Williams (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 51-74.
2017 Under Western Eyes? Colonial Bureaucracy, Surveillance and the Birth of the Hong Kong Crime Film.” In Surveillance in Asian Cinema: Under Eastern Eyes, edited by Karen Fang. London: Routledge, 2017.
2016            Chinese National Allegory Goes West: Let the Bullets Fly”, Asian Cinema 27, no. 1 (2016): 13-28.
2014            "War, Horror and Trauma: Japanese Atrocities on Chinese Screens," in Chinese and Japanese Films on the Second World War, ed. King-fai Tam, Timothy Y. Tsu and Sandra Wilson (Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge).
2014 "Born in an Age of Turbulence: Emergence of the Modern Hong Kong Crime Film," in Always in the Dark: A Study of Hong Kong Gangster Films, ed. Po Fung (Hong Kong: Hong Kong Film Archive).
2012 Ping, Wei, and Kristof Van den Troost, "香港纪录片发展概况" ("The Development of Documentary Film in Hong Kong"), 載2011年中国纪录片发展研究报告 (2011 Research Report on Chinese Documentary Film Development), ed. Zhang Tongdao and Hu Zhifeng (Beijing: 科学出版社).
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