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The Cinema of Hong Kong : History, Arts, Identity - Poshek Fu

The Cinema of Hong Kong

History, Arts, Identity

By: Poshek Fu (Editor), David Desser (Editor)

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Published: 27th August 2002
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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

List of Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Chronology of Hong Kong Cinemap. 13
History
The Kung Fu Craze: Hong Kong Cinema's First American Receptionp. 19
The American Connection in Early Hong Kong Cinemap. 44
The 1960s: Modernity, Youth Culture, and Hong Kong Cantonese Cinemap. 71
The 1970s: Movement and Transitionp. 90
Arts
Richness through Imperfection: King Hu and the Glimpsep. 113
Space, Place, and Spectacle: The Crisis Cinema of John Woop. 137
Besides Fists and Blood: Michael Hui and Cantonese Comedyp. 158
The Film Work of Ann Huip. 176
Identity
Between Nationalism and Colonialism: Mainland Emigres, Marginal Culture, and Hong Kong Cinema 1937-1941p. 199
Urban Cinema and the Cultural Identity of Hong Kongp. 227
Rewriting History: Hong Kong Nostalgia Cinema and Its Social Practicep. 252
Filming Diaspora and Identity: Hong Kong and 1997p. 273
Buying American, Consuming Hong Kong: Cultural Commerce, Fantasies of Identity, and the Cinemap. 289
Hong Kong Electric Shadows: A Selected Bibliography of Studies in Englishp. 314
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780521776028
ISBN-10: 0521776023
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 27th August 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.57