Sino-Brazilian Cinematic Connections: Yu Lik-wai’s Plastic City

  • Tatu-Ilari Laukkanen
Palavras-chave: Sino-Brazilian film, Gangster film, Globalization, Environmental noir, Asian-Brazilians, BRICS cinema, Piracy, Plastic City


This article positions Lik-wai’s 2008 Sino-Brazilian film Plastic City as a precursor of BRICS cinema and, through a close textual analysis demonstrates how it critically engages Sino-Brazilian relations, flows of capital, commodities, immigration and culture, as well as environmental issues in a matrix of globalization from an emerging economy perspective. Plastic City is intertextually linked to Chinese, Brazilian and world cinema, illuminating its connections to past and present film movements and how it mobilizes their poetics and politics.


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Biografia do Autor

Tatu-Ilari Laukkanen

Completed his PhD on BRIC cinema from HKU in 2017 and is now doing research at the Department of Communications at the University of Tampere. He is a specialist on the BRIC as a cultural bloc and a is member of the University of Tampere network of BRICS Media Research and a member of TaRC (The Centre of study of Russian and Chinese Media) also at the U. of Tampere.


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Como Citar
Laukkanen, T.-I. (2019). Sino-Brazilian Cinematic Connections: Yu Lik-wai’s Plastic City. Idéias, 9(2), 161-186.