Cinema is a dominant force in the lives of many people living in Asia, a continent that has a number of distinguished national film industries. A concept central to much of Asian film production is melodrama. This path-breaking study examines the importance of melodrama in the film traditions of Japan, India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia. Exploring the various ways that melodrama operates with theoretical sophistication, the various essays contained in this volume shed light on the different traditions of Asian cinema, as well as on the wider cultural discourse in which they participate.
"This book should be required reading for any student or scholar in film or cultural studies." Journal of Communication "...the book is a welcome addition to the still scarce library on Asian cinema in English and may provide a source of inspiration for those interested in either melodrama or Asian Cinema." Yang Ye, Journal of Developing Societies "The essays in Wimal Dissanayake's volume illustrate the importance of melodrama to Chinese film studies. Informed by multiple theoretical models, they offer many interesting...readings of Chinese films." Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars