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From the Publisher'There is much to admire about this book, particularly in its formal and thematic film analyses.? (Film Criticism , Winter 2008)
"The cultural crossings, borrowings, and thefts between Hollywood and the Asian film industries have been much commented upon in recent years; Martha P. Nochimson's book is therefore timely and necessary. Offering new perspectives on the debate, this original work brings fresh insights to the cultural meanings of the 'rise and fall' gangster narrative and updates a generic form which continues to address the concerns of contemporary audiences. Dying to Belong will provide an admirable lead in the field of which all subsequent work will have to take into account."
Esther Sonnet and Peter Stanfield, editors of Mob Culture: Hidden Histories of the American Gangster Film
"An original and much-needed intersectional study of American and Hong Kong gangster films, Dying to Belong challenges our most basic truisms about this genre. Nochimson compels us to rethink the best known and most popular gangster texts, from Scarface and The Public Enemy through The Godfather and The Sopranos. But she also introduces and provides cultural contexts for the Hong Kong films, making the latter more accessible and more likely to appear on syllabi and in cultural studies of modernism and violence."
Linda Mizejewski, Ohio State University
• Successfully adds to the scholarship of cinema with critical insights and historical perspectives-Nochimson should be commended for what is perhaps her finest book to date.?
• Presents an interesting take on the subject—offers a unique look at the complex genre—an absorbing study into the history and movement of the genre. Recommended.?