Speaking in Images: Interviews with Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers / Edition 1

Speaking in Images: Interviews with Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers / Edition 1

by Michael Berry
     
 

"I always compare filmmaking to cooking. Shooting is like buying the groceries. You buy all kinds of ingredients and the better ingredients you get, the better chance you have of making the movie you want."—Ang Lee, from Speaking in Images

Speaking in Images offers an engaging and rare collection of interviews with the directors who have

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"I always compare filmmaking to cooking. Shooting is like buying the groceries. You buy all kinds of ingredients and the better ingredients you get, the better chance you have of making the movie you want."—Ang Lee, from Speaking in Images

Speaking in Images offers an engaging and rare collection of interviews with the directors who have changed the face of Chinese and international cinema. Michael Berry's discussions with such directors as Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Zhang Yimou (Hero), Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine), Stanley Kwan (Lan Yu), Tsai Ming-Liang (Vive l'Amour), Edward Yang (Yi Yi), and Hou Hsiao-hsien (Flowers of Shanghai) offer an eclectic and comprehensive portrait of contemporary Chinese cinema.

In interviews that capture each filmmaker's unique vision, the subjects discuss their formative years, the ideas and influences that shaped their work, film aesthetics, battles with censors and studios, the mingling of commercial and art film, and the future of Chinese cinema in a transnational context. Berry's introduction to the collection provides an overview of Chinese cinema in the second half of the twentieth century, placing the directors and their work in a wider historical and cultural context.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231133319
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Global Chinese Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Martin ScorseseAcknowledgmentsAuthor's NoteIntroduction: Speaking in ImagesI. Voices from ChinaXie Jin: Six Decades of Cinematic InnovationTian Zhuangzhuang: Stealing Horses and Flying KitesChen Kaige: Historical Revolution and Cinematic RebellionZhang Yimou: Flying ColorsZhang Yuan: Working up a Sweat in a Celluloid SaunaWang Xiaoshuai: Banned in ChinaJia Zhangke: Capturing a Transforming RealityLi Yang: The Future of Chinese Cinema? II. Voices from TaiwanHou Hsiao-hsien with Chu Tien-wen: Words and ImagesEdward Yang: Luckily UnluckyWu Nien-jen: Writing Taiwan in the Shadows of Cultural ColonialismAng Lee: Freedom in FilmTsai Ming-liang: Trapped in the PastChang Tso-chi: Shooting from the MarginsIII. Voices from Hong KongAnn Hui: Living Through FilmsStanley Kwan: From Spectral Nostalgia to Corporeal DesireFruit Chan: Hong Kong IndependentPeter Ho-sun Chan: Pioneering Pan-Asian CinemaEvans Chan: The Last of the ChineseNotesBibliography

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