Chinese Films in Focus II

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-15
  • Publisher: British Film Institute

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Chinese cinema continues to go from strength to strength. After art-house hits like Yellow Earth and In the Mood for Love , Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon launched the new century by disproving the old myth that subtitled films could not succeed at the multiplex. Chinese Films in Focus II updates and expands its predecessor: Chinese Films in Focus: 25 New Takes with fourteen new essays, providing, in total, 35 in-depth and original readings of an individual Chinese film. Films from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other parts of the diaspora are all represented, and the historical coverage ranges from the 1930s to the present. Leading international experts including Rey Chow, Yingjin Zhang, Berenice Reynaud, Kam Louie and Mary Farquhar join younger scholars to address significant and popular films such as Hero , Farewell My Concubine , Chungking Express , Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon , Blind Shaft , Suzhou River and many more. This volume will be essential reading for students and fans of Chinese cinema.

Author Biography

Chris Berry is Professor of Film and Television Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: One Film at a Time, by Chris Berry
1. 15: Deciphering the Local and ?Slanging Up? to the Global, by Song Hwee Lim
2. Big Shot?s Funeral: Performing a Postmodern Cinema of Attractions, by Yingjin Zhang
3. Black Cannon Incident: Countering the Counterespionage Fantasy, by Jason McGrath
4. Blind Shaft: Underground as Trope, by Jonathan Noble
5. Boat People: Second Thoughts on Text and Context, by Julian Stringer
6. Centre Stage: A Shadow in Reverse, by Bérénice Reynaud
7. A Chinese Ghost Story: Ghostly Counsel and Innocent Man, by John Zou
8. Chungking Express: Time and its Displacements, by Janice Tong
9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Cultural Migrancy and Translatability, by Felicia Chan
10. Crows and Sparrows: Allegory on a Historical Threshold, by Yiman Wang
11. Durian, Durian: Defamiliarisation of the ?Real?, by Esther Cheung
12. Ermo: (Tele)Visualizing Urban/Rural Transformation, by Ping Fu
13. Farewell My Concubine: National Myth and City Memories, by Yomi Braester
14. Flowers of Shanghai: Visualizing Ellipses and (Colonial) Absence, by Gang Gary Xu
15. Formula 17: Mainstream in the Margins, by Brian Hu
16. The Goddess: Fallen Woman of Shanghai, by Kristine Harris
17. Hero: The Return of a Traditional Masculine Ideal in China, by Kam Louie
18. In The Mood for Love: Intersections of Hong Kong Modernity, by Audrey Yue
19. Kekexili: Mountain Patrol?Moral Dilemma and a Man with a Camera, by Cui Shuqin
20. Love Eterne: Almost a (Heterosexual) Love Story, by Tan See Kam and Annette Aw
21. Not One Less: The Fable of a Migration, by Rey Chow
22. The Personals: Backward Glances, Knowing Looks, and the Voyeur Film, by Margaret Hillenbrand
23. PTU: Re-mapping the Cosmopolitan Crime Zone, by Vivian Lee
24. The Red Detachment of Women: Resenting, Regendering, Remembering, by Robert Chi
25. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles: Redeeming the Father by Way of Japan? by Hui Xiao
26. Spring in a Small Town: Gazing at Ruins, by Carolyn FitzGerald
27. Suzhou River: Visual Fetishism and the Defamiliarisation of Shanghai, by Alexander C.Y. Huang
28. A Time to Live, A Time to Die: A Time to Grow, by Corrado Neri
29. A Touch of Zen: Action in Martial Arts Movies, by Mary Farquhar
30. Vive L?Amour: Eloquent Emptiness, by Fran Martin
31. Wedding Banquet: A Family Affair, by Chris Berry
32. Woman, Demon, Human: Spectral Journey Home, by Haiyan Lee
33. Xiao Wu: Watching Time Go By, by Chris Berry
34. Yellow Earth: Apprenticeship and Bitter Agency, by Helen Hok-Sze Leung
35. Yi Yi: Reflections on Reflexive Modernity in Taiwan, by David Leiwei Li

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