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The Chinese Cinema Book

The Chinese Cinema Book

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This revised and updated new edition provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of cinema in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as to disaporic and transnational Chinese film-making, from the beginnings of cinema to the present day. Chapters by leading international scholars are grouped in thematic sections addressing key historical periods, film movements, genres, stars and auteurs, and the industrial and technological contexts of cinema in Greater China.

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ISBN-13: 9781911239536
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/25/2020
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 775,173
Product dimensions: 7.41(w) x 9.77(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Song Hwee Lim is a professor in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK.
Lim is the author of Celluloid Comrades: Representations of Male Homosexuality in Contemporary Chinese Cinemas (2006), and Tsai Ming-liang and a Cinema of Slowness (2014). He is the co-editor of the first edition of The Chinese Cinema Book (BFI, 2011) and of Remapping World Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics in Film (2006), and a founding editor of the peer-reviewed Jourbanal of Chinese Cinemas as well as being the Principal Investigator of an international networks project “Chinese Cinemas in the 21st Century: Production, Consumption, Imagination” funded by the Leverhulme Trust (UK) between 2012 and 2013. He has held visiting fellowships at Academia Sinica (Taiwan), Free University Berlin, National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), and National University of Singapore, and has delivered keynote lectures in Australia, Britain and China.

Julian Ward is a senior lecturer in Chinese in the department of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is an associate editor of the Jourbanal of Chinese Cinemas, co-author of The Rough Guide to Mandarin Chinese (2006) and co-editor of the first edition of The Chinese Cinema Book (BFI, 2011).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.- Notes on Contributors.- Introduction: The Coming of Age of Chinese Cinemas Studies; S.Hwee Lim & J.Ward.- PART I: TERRITORIES, TRAJECTORIES, HISTORIOGRAPHIES.- Transnational Chinese Cinema Studies; C.Berry.- National Cinema as Translocal Practice: Reflections on Chinese Film Historiography; Y.Zhang.- Cinemas of the Chinese Diaspora; G.Marchetti.- Six Chinese Cinemas in Search of a Historiography; S.Hwee Lim.- PART II: EARLY CINEMA TO 1949.- Shadow Magic and the Early History of Film Exhibition in China; X.Huang & Z.Xiao.- The Making of a National Cinema: Shanghai Films of the 1930s; L.Pang.- Wartime Cinema: Reconfiguration and Border Navigation; Y.Wang.- Chinese Film-making on the Eve of the Communist Revolution; P.G.Pickowicz.- PART III: THE FORGOTTEN PERIOD: 1949–80.- The Remodelling of a National Cinema: Chinese Films of the 17 Years (1949–66); J.Ward.- Healthy Realism in Taiwan, 1964–80: Film Style, Cultural Policies, and Mandarin Cinema; G.Hong.- The Hong Kong Cantonese Cinema: Emergence, Development and Decline; S.Teo.- PART IV: THE NEW WAVES.- The Fifth Generation: A Re-assessment; W.Larson.- Taiwan New Cinema and Its Legacy; T.Lu.- The Hong Kong New Wave: A Critical Reappraisal; V.P.Y.Lee.- PART V: STARS, AUTEURS AND GENRES.- Dragons Forever: Chinese Martial Arts Stars; L.Hunt.- The Contemporary Wuxia Revival: Genre Remaking and the Hollywood Transnational Factor; K.Chan.- On the Shoulders of Giants: Tsai Ming-liang, Jia Zhangke, Fruit Chan and the Struggles of Second Generation Auteurism; J.Udden.- The Urban Generation: Underground and Independent Films from the PRC; J.McGrath.- Contemporary Mainstream PRC Cinema; Y.Braester.- Contemporary Meta Chinese Film Stardom and Transnational Transmedia Celebrity; A.Ciecko.- Afterword: Liquidity of Being; R.Chow.- Appendix.- Book-length Studies of Chinese Cinemas in the English Language; W.Wang, L.Williams & S.Hwee Lim.- Chinese Names; Z.Yijie.- Chinese Film Titles; Z.Yijie.- Index.

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For a concise single volume book that provides all the core introductory material for those new to the field along with plenty of food-for-thought for the specialist, The Chinese Cinema Book sets a new standard and will likely become the preferred textbook for classes in Chinese film.' – Journal of Historical TV and Radio

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