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New Hong Kong Cinema: Transitions to Becoming Chinese in 21st-Century East Asia
Published by Berghahn Books
The trajectory of Hong Kong films had been drastically affected long before the city's official sovereignty transfer from the British to the Chinese in 1997. The author introduces the Cinema of Transitions, using examples from the 1980s to the present, to study New Hong Kong Cinema and on- and off-screen life against this background.
The trajectory of Hong Kong films had been drastically affected long before the city's official sovereignty transfer from the British to the Chinese in 1997. The change in course has become more visible in recent years as China has aggressively developed its national film industry and assumed the role of powerhouse in East Asia's cinematic landscape. The author introduces the Cinema of Transitions to study the New Hong Kong Cinema and on- and off-screen life against this background. Using examples from the 1980s to the present, this book offers a fresh perspective on how Hong Kong-related Chinese-language films, filmmakers, audiences, and the workings of film business in East Asia have become major platforms on which transitions are negotiated.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Notes on Romanization, Terminology and Information Source Abbreviations Introduction: The New Hong Kong Cinema, Cinema of Transitions and East Asia Chapter 1. Cinematic Journeys and Journeying in New Hong Kong Films Chapter 2. Outsider Characters: Chineseness, and Hong Kong Screen Imagination and Imageries Chapter 3. Hong Kong Filmmakers: Authorial Vision, Self-Inscription and Social Underdogs Chapter 4. Ethnic Chinese Film Audiences: The Red Cliff Experience in East and Southeast Asia Chapter 5. Film Policies and Transitional Politics: The Newest East Asian Film Business Network Conclusion Appendix Filmography Bibliography Index
Ruby Cheung is editor of Cinemas, Identities and Beyond (2009), and co-editor of Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities (2010) and Film Festival Yearbook 3: Film Festivals and East Asia (2011). She holds a PhD in Film Studies from University of St Andrews and has taught film-related university courses in the UK, Hong Kong, and mainland China.
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