A Companion to Chinese Cinema


A Companion to Chinese Cinema is a collection of original essays written by experts in a range of disciplines that provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution and current state of Chinese cinema.

  • Represents the most comprehensive coverage of Chinese cinema to date
  • Applies a multidisciplinary approach that maps the expanding field of Chinese cinema in bold and definitive ways
  • Draws attention to ...
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A Companion to Chinese Cinema is a collection of original essays written by experts in a range of disciplines that provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution and current state of Chinese cinema.

  • Represents the most comprehensive coverage of Chinese cinema to date
  • Applies a multidisciplinary approach that maps the expanding field of Chinese cinema in bold and definitive ways
  • Draws attention to previously neglected areas such as diasporic filmmaking, independent documentary, film styles and techniques, queer aesthetics, star studies, film and other arts or media
  • Features several chapters that explore China’s new market economy, government policy, and industry practice, placing the intricate relationship between film and politics in a historical and international context
  • Includes overviews of Chinese film studies in Chinese and English publications
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“This outstanding anthology offers an encyclopedic coverage of Chinese cinema form multiple angles, and will be the standard reference in Chinese cinema studies in the years to come.”
- Sheldon Lu, University of California, Davis

“Like its editor, this Companion is reliable, encyclopedic, and friendly. Traveling from silent melodramas to the urban generation, from Mainland China to Hong Kong and Taiwan, we now have the docent we need.”
- Dudley Andrew, Yale University

“This stunning collection—a must-read for anyone interested in the complicated dynamics of Chinese cinema past and present—features state-of-the-art research by highly respected veteran scholars and brilliant newcomers.”
- Paul G. Pickowicz, University of California, San Diego

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Meet the Author

Yingjin Zhang is Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at University of California, San Diego, and Visiting Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. He is the author of The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film (1996), Screening China (2002), Chinese National Cinema (2004), and Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China (2010); co-author of Encyclopedia of Chinese Film (1998); editor of China in a Polycentric World (1998) and Cinema and Urban Culture in Shanghai, 1922-1943 (1999); and co-editor of From Underground to Independent (2006) and Chinese Film Stars (2010).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

List of Figures ix

List of Tables xiii

List of Contributors xiv

1 General Introduction 1
Yingjin Zhang

Part I History and Geography 23

2 Transplanting Melodrama: Observations on the Emergence of Early Chinese Narrative Film 25
Zhang Zhen

3 Artists, Cadres, and Audiences: Chinese Socialist Cinema, 1949–1978 42
Paul Clark

4 Directors, Aesthetics, Genres: Chinese Postsocialist Cinema, 1979–2010 57
Yingjin Zhang

5 Hong Kong Cinema Before 1980 75
Robert Chi

6 The Hong Kong New Wave 95
Gina Marchetti

7 Gender Negotiation in Song Cunshou’s Story of Mother and Taiwan Cinema of the Early 1970s 118
James Wicks

8 Second Coming: The Legacy of Taiwan New Cinema 133
Darrell William Davis

Part II Industry and Institution 151

9 Propaganda and Censorship in Chinese Cinema 153
Matthew D. Johnson

10 Chinese Media Capital in Global Context 179
Michael Curtin

11 Film and Society in China: The Logic of the Market 197
Stanley Rosen

12 Vulnerable Chinese Stars: From Xizi to Film Worker 218
Sabrina Qiong Yu

13 Ports of Entry: Mapping Chinese Cinema’s Multiple Trajectories at International Film Festivals 239
Nikki J. Y. Lee and Julian Stringer

Part III Genre and Representation 263

14 In Search of Chinese Film Style(s) and Technique(s) 265
James Udden

15 Film Genre and Chinese Cinema: A Discourse of Film and Nation 284
Stephen Teo

16 Performing Documentation: Wu Wenguang and the Performative Turn of New Chinese Documentary 299
Qi Wang

17 Chinese Women’s Cinema 318
Lingzhen Wang

18 From Urban Films to Urban Cinema: The Emergence of a Critical Concept 346
Yomi Braester

Part IV Arts and Media 359

19 The Intertwinement of Chinese Film and Literature: Choices and Strategies in Adaptations 361
Liyan Qin

20 Diary of a Homecoming: (Dis-)Inhabiting the Theatrical in Postwar Shanghai Cinema 377
Weihong Bao

21 Cinema and the Visual Arts of China 400
Jerome Silbergeld

22 From Mountain Songs to Silvery Moonlight: Some Notes on Music in Chinese Cinema 417
Jerome Silbergeld

23 Cross-Fertilization in Chinese Cinema and Television: A Strategic Turn in Cultural Policy 429
Ying Zhu and Bruce Robinson

24 Chinese Cinema and Technology 449
Gary G. Xu

Part V Issues and Debates 467

25 Chinese Film Scholarship in Chinese 469
Chen Xihe

26 Chinese Film Scholarship in English 484
Chris Berry

27 The Return of the Repressed: Masculinity and Sexuality Reconsidered 499
Shuqin Cui

28 Homosexuality and Queer Aesthetics 518
Helen Hok-Sze Leung

29 Alter-centering Chinese Cinema: The Diasporic Formation 535
Yiman Wang

30 The Absent American: Figuring the United States in Chinese Cinema of the Reform Era 552
Michael Berry

Bibliography 575

Filmography 628

Index 655

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