Hong Kong's Heroic Bloodshed

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Martin Fitzgerald
Pocket Essentials, 2000 - Performing Arts - 96 pages
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Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. Hong Kong had been making kung fu movies for many years when, in the mid-80s, a new style was developed. These films were as quick as the martial arts movies, but instead of flinging limbs, the main characters threw bullets. John Woo led the field with A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Hardboiled. His operatic gangster sagas were ballets of blood and bullets. As well as an introductory essay there are interviews with both John Woo and Wong Kar-Wai, plus a feature on Ringo Lam. The essential Heroic Bloodshed movies are listed and reviewed in all their bullet-riddled glory, and there is a handy multimedia reference guide.

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