China Forever: The Shaw Brothers and Diasporic Cinema

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Started in Shanghai in the 1920s, the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio began to dominate the worldwide Chinese film market after moving its production facilities to Hong Kong in 1957. Drawing together scholars from such diverse disciplines as history, cultural geography, and film studies, China Forever addresses how the Shaw Brothers raised the production standards of Hong Kong cinema, created a pan-Chinese cinema culture and distribution network, helped globalize Chinese-language cinema, and appealed to the cultural nationalism of the Chinese who found themselves displaced and unsettled in many parts of the world during the twentieth century.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Something for everyone . . . effectively lays down a solid foundation for further research.”—China Quarterly
"Reopens the gates to the Shaw Brothers' legend."—Electronic Book Review

"An impressive, in-depth inquiry into the historical mutations, cultural innovations, and political implications of the rise and development of the Shaw Brothers’ movie empire. Of the many volumes on Hong Kong movie industries, this is the first to focus solely on the history of the Shaw Brothers."—David Der-wei Wang, author of The Monster That Is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China

"This instructive book will be a pleasure for seasoned scholars and amateurs of Hong King cinema alike. Extremely useful for Asian cinema courses, this first book-length study of the Shaw Brothers—who were pioneers in the Chinese language and trans-Asian commercial film industry—provides valuable cultural history and global context."—Tonglin Lu, author of Confronting Modernity in the Cinemas in Taiwan and Mainland China

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252075001
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/18/2008
  • Series: Pop Culture and Politics Asia PA Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Poshek Fu is a professor of history, cinema studies, and East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Between Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Politics of Chinese Cinemas and Passivity, Resistance, and Collaboration: Intellectual Choices in Occupied Shanghai.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Shaw Brothers Diasporic Cinema Poshek Pu Pu, Poshek 1

1 Shaw Cinema Enterprise and Understanding Cultural Industries Lily Kong Kong, Lily 27

2 Shaw's Cantonese Productions and Their Interactions with Contemporary Local and Hollywood Cinema Law Kat Kat, Law 57

3 Embracing Glocalization and Hong Kong-Made Musical Film Siu Leung Li Li, Siu Leung 74

4 Three Readings of Hong Kong Nocturne Paul G. Pickowicz Pickowicz, Paul G. 95

5 The Black-and-White Wenyi Films of Shaws Wong Ain-ling Ain-ling, Wong 115

6 Territorialization and the Entertainment Industry of the Shaw Brothers in Southeast Asia Sai-shing Yung Yung, Sai-shing 133

7 The Shaw Brothers' Malay Films Timothy P. Barnard Barnard, Timothy P. 154

8 Bridging the Pacific with Love Eterne Ramona Curry Curry, Ramona 174

9 Black Audiences, Blaxploitation and Kung Fu Films, and Challenges to White Celluloid Masculinity Sundiaia Keita Cha-Iua Cha-Iua, Sundiaia Keita 199

10 Shaw Brothers Cinema and the Hip-Hop Imagination Fanon Che Wilkins Wilkins, Fanon Che 224

11 Reminiscences of the Life of an Actress in Shaw Brothers' Movietown Cheng Pei-pei Cheng, Pei-pei 246

Select Filmography Lane J. Harris Harris, Lane J. 255

Contributors 257

Index 261

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