Directory of World Cinema: China 2 (Book)

Edited by Gary BETTINSON

A survey of a vibrant – and expanding – industry, Directory of World Cinema: China 2 examines, among other themes, China’s desire for success and fulfilment in the United States, as well as the extensive history of representing China – and the Chinese in America – on US movie screens. With contributions from some of the leading academics in the field, this volume will be essential reading for all fans of Chinese film.

Category: Film Studies


Since the publication of the first volume of Directory of World Cinema: China, the Chinese film industry has intensified its efforts to make inroads into the American market. The 2012 acquisition of US theatre chain AMC and visual effects house Digital Domain by Chinese firms testifies to the global ambitions of China’s powerhouse film industry. Yet Chinese cinema has had few crossover hits in recent years to match the success of such earlier films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; House of Flying Daggers and Kung Fu Hustle. Yet even overseas revenue for Chinese movies has dwindled, domestic market growth has surged year after year. Indeed, annual production output remains healthy, and the daily expansion of screens in second-or third-tier cities attracts audiences whose tastes favour domestic films over foreign imports.

Gary Bettinson is senior lecturer in film studies at Lancaster University and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Asian Cinema.

Introduction by the Editor 

Chinese Film Festivals 

Contemporary Taiwanese Cinema 

Recent Taiwanese Cinema 

Early Hong Kong Cinema 

Leslie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
Stephen Chow
Alexander Fu Sheng
Bruce Lee
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Ruan Lingyu
Jimmy Wang Yu
Michelle Yeoh

Directors: Mainland China
Jia Zhangke
Lou Ye
Zhang Yimou

Directors: Taiwan 
Ang Lee
Edward Yang

Directors: Hong Kong 
Peter Chan Ho-Sun
King Hu
Pang Ho-Cheung
Wan Hoi-Ling

Drama: Mainland China

Drama: Hong Kong & Taiwan

Queer Chinese Cinema

Kung-Fu & Wuxia Pian

Heroic Bloodshed & Crime Cinema 


'With in-depth articles on prominent film stars and directors, this hefty book (330 pages) is a great resource for those in the academic field or just curious minds who want to know about Asian film beyond the box-office hits.'

Agne Serpytyte, The Asian Cinema Blog
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