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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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Starting with the first "Western shadow plays" shown in the late 1890s, motion pictures have played a significant role in China's cultural existence for more than a century. Initially centered in Shanghai, Chinese cinema boomed in Hong Kong in the 1930s, aided by the advent of talkies and the influx of talent and investment from mainland China, Southeast Asia, and America. From the late 1940s, the territory supplanted Shanghai as the "Hollywood of China." In Hong Kong Cinema: A Cross-Cultural View, authors Law Kar and Frank Bren follow the story from Hong Kong's early silent, Chuang Tsi Tests His Wife, through the martial arts craze of the 1970s, to the medium's continued appeal to contemporary international audiences. Rather than provide a sweeping history, the authors focus on the impact of individual personalities, particularly local filmmakers and movie stars. They also consider Eastern and Western influences and examine major developments, including the changing role of women. By profiling key figures and events of the 20th century, this overview is the perfect introduction for anyone interested in Hong Kong's contribution to world cinema. Illustrated with photos.

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...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

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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