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Hong Kong Cinema : A Cross-Cultural View - Law Kar

Hong Kong Cinema

A Cross-Cultural View

By: Law Kar (Editor), Frank Bren (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780810849860
Number Of Pages: 400

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This cross cultural study of Hong Kong cinema looks at Eastern and Western influences upon the medium and examines its development compared to film industries of mainland China and Southeast Asia. The book spans the 20th century, focusing on a number of key elements, including the changing image of women and the rise of the martial arts film.

Focusing on the impact of individual personalities, Kar...and Bren...introduce readers to Hong Kong's contribution to world cinema across the 20th century. In particular they explore the period from the beginning of cinema itself in the 1890s to roughly the 1970s, because' it's the source of what is produced in Hong Kong today. Their work is less a formal history than a view and review of the Hong Kong story, told through the pioneers, film workers, studio tycoons, Cantonese opera superstar, and others who shaped it. * Reference and Research Book News *
...a readable and informative collaboration that explores Eastern and Western influences on Hong Kong cinema and Hong Kong's interaction with its markets in China and Southeast Asia....Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. * CHOICE *
Law Kar and Frank Bren's Hong Kong Cinema: A Cross-Cultural View is a detailed historical overview of cinema in Hong Kong. Placing Hong Kong cinema in the larger Chinese and regional context, this book moves from the earliest appearances of cinema in China to the 1970s, or the period in which contemporary Hong Kong cinema was in gestation. The lists of archives and libraries consulted and newspapers scoured, along with the appendices of detail and fact attest to the authors' commitment to primary research. At the same time, the engaging narrative that they produce demonstrates their genuine enthusiasm for a cinema they clearly love very deeply. For scholars of Hong Kong cinema, this will be a most useful mine of information....this engagingly written and meticulously produced work does not deserve to be overlooked, and I am sure that those who turn to it will find it very rewarding. * China Quarterly *
A highly readable account, Hong Kong Cinema is as enjoyable for the non-specialized general reader as it is for those in the film industry looking to flesh out their knowledge of the Hong Kong film industry. * The Bookwatch *

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
East Meets West
Beyond the Peep Show: Movies Come to Chinap. 1
Ben Brodsky's Chinap. 29
The Pioneersp. 47
From America with Love: "Making This Colony the 'Hollywood of China'"p. 67
The Esther Eng Storyp. 91
North Meets South
Interflows between Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Guangzhoup. 109
Wartime Mobilizationp. 129
Postwar and Postliberation Transitionsp. 143
Into the Turbulent Sixtiesp. 161
Border Crossings
Local versus Foreign: The Mainland and Overseasp. 183
Expansion in Nanyang-Shaw Brothers versus Cathayp. 191
Early Links with Asia Pacificp. 201
Further Foreign Collaborationsp. 219
Female Images
Songstress/Prostitutep. 231
Good Wife/Heroic Motherp. 239
Sweet Birds of Youthp. 249
The Majors Groom the New Breedp. 259
Wild, Wicked, and Sexyp. 267
East versus West
The Modern Agep. 281
Finalep. 289
Appendixes
Early Film Exhibition in Hong Kong and Chinap. 297
Some Early Hong Kong Film Venuesp. 305
An Incomplete List of Early Film Production in Hong Kong and Mainland China: 1896-1908p. 307
Full Text of the Account of an Early Film Show in Qi Garden Published in Youxi Bao on September 5, 1897p. 313
Benjamin Brodsky Filmographyp. 315
Hong Kong Release Years of California-Based Grandview's Feature Film Productions of 1941-1949p. 317
Film Production in Hong Kong, 1957-1970p. 319
Notes on Terms and Namesp. 321
Selected Bibliographyp. 325
Film Indexp. 337
General Indexp. 347
Personal Names Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780810849860
ISBN-10: 0810849860
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.31  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.74

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