How Hong Kong Cinema Influences Guardians of the Galaxy

Director James Gunn has stated that Hong-Kong cinema directly influenced the style and direction of Guardians of the Galaxy. Speaking to an audience of Chinese filmmakers this week, he also spoke of his close relationship with Eastern audiences and which Guardians character he most identifies with.

At the time of its release in 2014, the original film was seen as something of a gamble by Marvel studios. Following lesser-known characters in the (then) unexplored far-reaches of the franchise’s outer-space environment, it seemed risky when compared with the Earth-bound adventures of Iron Man and Captain America. But of course, it defied expectations and went on to be a huge critical …

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