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China Review International[ Reinventing China] should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities and power of contemporary Chinese Film.
— Mingwei Song
A pioneering study of the startlingly original films by Chinese filmmakers of the 1980s, such as Judou, Raise the Red Lantern, and Farewell My Concubine. These films bring into vivid relief changes in Chinese society over several decades, drawing on interviews with directors including Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, and Tian Zhuangzhuang.
Paul Clark's Chinese Cinema: Culture and Politics since 1949 was a groundbreaking book, and in Reinventing China, Clark continues his exploration of the changes in Chinese society and culture since the 1960s.
The Chinese University Press
— Mingwei Song
|Part 1||Flashbacks: The Cultural Revolution Generation||7|
|1||Children of Mao||10|
|2||The Start of the Cultural Revolution||18|
|4||Return to the Cities||36|
|5||The Film Academy Examinations||50|
|Part 2||The Beijing Film Academy||55|
|Part 3||The Films of the Fifth Generation||75|
|1||First Films: One and Eight and The Yellow Earth||77|
|2||The Spirit of the Times: Wu Ziniu's Films||90|
|3||From the Margins: Tian Zhuangzhuang's Films||106|
|4||A Women's Cinema?: The Films of Hu Mei, Peng Xiaolian and Liu Miaomiao||122|
|5||The Rise of the Entertainment Film: Zhang Jianya and Jiang Haiyang||137|
|6||"Passion, Courage, Commitment": Chen Kaige's Later Films||146|
|7||Reds: Zhang Yimou's Films||164|
|8||Beyond the Fifth Generation||187|
|Conclusion: Generating the New||205|
|Chinese Film Title List||237|