Directory of World Cinema: China (Book)

Edited by Gary BETTINSON

Directory of World Cinema: China presents an accessible overview of the definitive films of Hong Kong and mainland China, with particular attention to the achievements of prolific industry figures, the burgeoning independent sector and the embrace of avant-garde practices of art cinema. Spanning a variety of characteristic genres, including horror, heroic bloodshed, romantic comedy and kung-fu, reviews cover individual titles in considerable depth and are accompanied by a selection of full-colour film stills.

Category: Film Studies

Edition

Commended for their social relevance and artistic value, Chinese films remain at the forefront of international cinema, bolstered in recent years by a new generation of talented young filmmakers. Directory of World Cinema: China presents an accessible overview of the definitive films of Hong Kong and mainland China, with particular attention to the achievements of prolific industry figures, the burgeoning independent sector and the embrace of avant-garde practices of art cinema. Spanning a variety of characteristic genres, including horror, heroic bloodshed, romantic comedy and kung-fu, reviews cover individual titles in considerable depth and are accompanied by a selection of full-colour film stills. A comprehensive filmography and a bibliography of recommended reading complete this essential companion to Chinese cinema.

Gary Bettinson is a lecturer in film studies at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, and coauthor of What is Film Theory? An Introduction to Contemporary Debates.

Introduction by the Editor

Chinese Opera and Cinema

Taiwanese Documentary

Hong Kong Action Cinema

Three Action Heroes
David Chiang
Chow Yun-fat
Ti Lung

Three Female Stars
Grace Chang
Esther Eng
Brigitte Lin

Hong Kong New Wave
Allen Fong
Ann Hui
Patrick Tam

Directors: Mainland China
Chen Kaige
Lu Chuan
Tian Zhuangzhuang

Directors: Taiwan
Chu Yen-ping
Hou Hsiao-hsien
Tsai Ming-liang

Directors: Hong Kong
Fruit Chan Wong
Kar-wai John Woo

Drama: Mainland China

Drama: Taiwan

Kung Fu and wuxia Pian (Swordplay Film): Hong Kong and Taiwan

Action Cinema and Heroic Bloodshed: Hong Kong

Independent and Art Cinema: Hong Kong

Comedy/Musical: Taiwan and Hong Kong

Documentary: Mainland China and Hong Kong

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