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

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Overview

"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.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Pots.com - Malcom Parker

Speaking in Images, by Michael Berry, is engaging... It is refreshing to read artists talk about their work and medium.

China Review International - Mingwei Song

[ Speaking in Images] should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities and power of contemporary Chinese Film.

Film International - Ethan de Seife

Speaking in Images is an excellent, even essential resource for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of these three important Chinese film industries.

Choice

Berry's questions are intelligent... they illicit intelligent, detailed answers...useful to anyone seriously interested in world cinema...Essential.

Pots.com
Speaking in Images, by Michael Berry, is engaging... It is refreshing to read artists talk about their work and medium.

— Malcom Parker

Choice

Berry's questions are intelligent... they illicit intelligent, detailed answers...useful to anyone seriously interested in world cinema...Essential.

China Review International
[ Speaking in Images] should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities and power of contemporary Chinese Film.

— Mingwei Song

Film International
Speaking in Images is an excellent, even essential resource for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of these three important Chinese film industries.

— Ethan de Seife

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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Berry is assistant professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the translator of To Live by Yu Hua, Nanjing 1937: A Love Story by Ye Zhaoyan, and Wild Kids: Two Novels about Growing Up by Chang Ta-Chun.

Columbia University Press

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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

Columbia University Press

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