The Cinema of Hong Kong examines one of the most popular, dynamic, and important 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 historical, transnational, cultural and political contexts. Individual chapters 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, its reception in the United States, and the revival of Cantonese cinema, among topics. Including contributions from a diverse roster of scholars, archivists, and film programmers, the book provides a wealth of new information and new conceptual framework, enabling a greater appreciation of the variety, range and depth of Hong Kong film.
"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