Sino-brazilian cinematic connections

Yu Lik-wai’s plastic city


  • Tatu-Ilari Laukkanen University of Hong Kong



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, University of Hong Kong

PhD on BRIC cinema from University of Hong Kong.


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Como Citar

LAUKKANEN, T.-I. . Sino-brazilian cinematic connections: Yu Lik-wai’s plastic city. Ideias, Campinas, SP, v. 9, n. 2, p. 161–186, 2018. DOI: 10.20396/ideias.v9i2.8655601. Disponível em: Acesso em: 19 out. 2021.



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