Hong Kong Cinema: A Cross-Cultural Viewby Law Kar
Pub. Date: 09/17/2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Starting with the first "Western shadow plays" shown in the late 1890s, motion pictures have played a significant role in China's cultural existence for more than a century. Initially centered in Shanghai, Chinese cinema boomed in Hong Kong in the 1930s, aided by the advent of talkies and the influx of talent and investment from mainland China, Southeast Asia, and
Starting with the first "Western shadow plays" shown in the late 1890s, motion pictures have played a significant role in China's cultural existence for more than a century. Initially centered in Shanghai, Chinese cinema boomed in Hong Kong in the 1930s, aided by the advent of talkies and the influx of talent and investment from mainland China, Southeast Asia, and America. From the late 1940s, the territory supplanted Shanghai as the "Hollywood of China." In Hong Kong Cinema: A Cross-Cultural View, authors Law Kar and Frank Bren follow the story from Hong Kong's early silent, Chuang Tsi Tests His Wife, through the martial arts craze of the 1970s, to the medium's continued appeal to contemporary international audiences. Rather than provide a sweeping history, the authors focus on the impact of individual personalities, particularly local filmmakers and movie stars. They also consider Eastern and Western influences and examine major developments, including the changing role of women. By profiling key figures and events of the 20th century, this overview is the perfect introduction for anyone interested in Hong Kong's contribution to world cinema. Illustrated with photos.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Foreward Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Part 4 Part 1: East Meets West Chapter 5 1. Beyond the Peep Show: Movies Come to China Chapter 6 2. Ben Brodsky's China Chapter 7 3. The Pioneers Chapter 8 4. From America with Love: "Making This Colony the 'Hollywood of China'" Chapter 9 5. The Ester Eng Story Part 10 Part 2: North Meets South Chapter 11 6. Interflows between Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Guangzhou Chapter 12 7. Wartime Mobilization Chapter 13 8. Postwar and Postliberation Transitions Chapter 14 9. Into the Turbulent Sixties Part 15 Part 3: Border Crossings Chapter 16 10. Local versus Foreign: The Mainland and Overseas Chapter 17 11. Expansion in NanyangShaw Brothers versus Cathay Chapter 18 12. Early Links with Asia Pacific Chapter 19 13. Further Foreign Collaborations Part 20 Part 4: Female Images Chapter 21 14. Songstress/Prostitute Chapter 22 15. Good Wife/Heroic Mother Chapter 23 16. Sweet Birds of Youth Chapter 24 17. The Majors Groom and the New Breed Chapter 25 18. Wild, Wicked, and Sexy Part 26 Part 5: East versus West Chapter 27 19. The Modern Age Chapter 28 20. Finale Part 29 Appendixes Chapter 30 1. Early Film Exhibition in Hong Kong and China Chapter 31 2. Some Early Hong Kong Film Venues Chapter 32 3. An Incomplete List of Early Film Production in Hong Kong and Mainland China: 1896-1908 Chapter 33 4. Full Text of the Account of an Early Film Show in Qi Garden, Published in Youxi Bao on September 5, 1897 Chapter 34 5. Benjamin Brodsky Filmography Chapter 35 6. Hong Kong Release Years of California-Based Grandview's Feature Film Productions of 1941-1945 Chapter 36 7. Film Production in Hong Kong, 1957-1970 Chapter 37 8. Notes on Terms and Names Part 38 Bibliography Part 39 Film Index Part 40 General Index Part 41 Personal Names Index
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