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The Cinema of Hong Kong

The Cinema of Hong Kong
History, Arts, Identity

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  • Editors:
  • Poshek Fu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • David Desser, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Poshek Fu, David Desser, Law Kar, Stephen Teo, David Bordwell, Tony Williams, Jenny Lau, Patricia Erens, Leung Ping-Kwan, Natalia Chan Sui Hung, Sheldon Lu, Gina Marchetti, H. C. Li
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  • Date Published: March 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521776028

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  • The Cinema of Hong Kong examines one of the most popular and dynamic cinema traditions in the history of film. Providing an overview of major directors, genres and stars, from its origins to the present, this volume examines Hong Kong cinema in transnational, historical, and artistic contexts. Individual essays focus on Hong Kong cinema before and during World War II; the cinema of the turbulent 1960s; its rise to world prominence in the 1970s and its reception in the United States, and the revival of Cantonese cinema, among other topics.

    • The most comprehensive chronology of Hong Kong film history and the most comprehensive English-language bibliography on Hong Kong film
    • US and Hong Kong based scholars, including some of the best-known film scholars and critics in their respective countries
    • An in-depth look at Hong Kong cinema's reception in the US in the 1970s
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    "With such range and overall high quality, this collection is required reading for any serious student of Chinese popular cultures..." Journal of Asian History

    "More than half of the contributors are Asian - most of them ethnic Chinese; all experts on Hong Kong cinema - so English speakers will find historical, social, and economic data that is new to them. This book displays a variety, range and depth matching the values of its subject matter. Recommended for collections supporting film studies at all levels." Choice

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    • Date Published: March 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521776028
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Acknowledgements Poshek Fu and David Desser
    Introduction Poshek Fu and David Desser
    Chronology of Hong Kong cinema David Desser and Poshek Fu
    Part I. History:
    1. The Kung Fu craze: Hong Kong cinema's first American reception David Desser
    2. The American connection in early Hong Kong cinema Law Kar
    3. The 1960s: modernity, youth culture, and Hong Kong Cantonese cinema Poshek Fu
    4. The 1970s: movement and transition Stephen Teo
    Part II. Arts:
    5. Richness through imperfection: King Hu and the glimpse David Bordwell
    6. Space, place, and spectacle: the crisis cinema of John Woo Tony Williams
    7. Besides fists and blood: Michael Hui and Cantonese comedy Jenny Lau
    8. The film work of Ann Hui Patricia Erens
    Part III. Identity:
    9. Between Nationalism and Colonialism: mainland émigrés, marginal culture, Hong Kong cinema 1937–1941 Poshek Fu
    10. Urban cinema and cultural identity of Hong Kong Leung Ping-Kwan
    11. Rewriting history: Hong Kong nostalgia cinema and its social practice Natalia Chan Sui Hung
    12. Filming diaspora and identity: Hong Kong and 1997 Sheldon Lu
    13. Buying American, consuming Hong Kong: cultural commerce, fantasies of identity, and the cinema Gina Marchetti
    14. Hong Kong electric shadows: a selected bibliography of studies in English H. C. Li
    Index.

  • Editors

    Poshek Fu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    David Desser, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Contributors

    Poshek Fu, David Desser, Law Kar, Stephen Teo, David Bordwell, Tony Williams, Jenny Lau, Patricia Erens, Leung Ping-Kwan, Natalia Chan Sui Hung, Sheldon Lu, Gina Marchetti, H. C. Li

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