Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment

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Harvard University Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 329 pages
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Planet Hong Kong Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment David Bordwell Since the 1970s, Hong Kong has been home to arguably the world's most energetic, imaginative mass-market film industry. At its peak it surpassed nearly all Western countries in number of films released, ruled the East Asian market, and produced movies (ranging from John Woo's action pictures to the comic adventures of Jackie Chan) that have thrilled global audiences and attained cult status in the West. This book offers a deeply informed and highly engaging look at how Hong Kong cinema has become one of the success stories of film history, and how it has influenced international film culture and the development of film as a medium. As sentimental and outrageous as Hong Kong films can be, David Bordwell demonstrates that they are not merely crowd-pleasing; they harbor remarkable inventiveness and careful craftsmanship and in many cases rise to the level of a rich and delightful art. Bordwell surveys the historical conditions that fueled the rise of this cinema: the high output, shrewd entrepreneurship, changing world tastes, and a unique skill in action genres that cross cultural boundaries. Considering both the movies themselves and the bigger picture, he moves from deft and detailed analyses of many classics of this tradition to a broader assessment of the basic strategies and impulses of mass entertainment. David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His many books include On the History of Film Style and The Cinema of Eisenstein, both from Harvard. Simultaneous editions May 73⁄ 8 x 10 267 halftones 384 pp. cloth: ISBN 0-674-00213-X (BORPLA) $65.00x(#40.50 UK) paper: ISBN 0-674-00214-8 (BORPLX) $29.95x (#18.50 UK) Film

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One of our most inventive film scholars, Bordwell (Film Studies/Univ. of Wisconsin) takes on one of the most overthetop cinemas. For 20 years, the Hong Kong film industry was one of the world's most ... Read full review

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Hong Kong arguably offered the most dynamic popular cinema in the world between 1970 and the end of the century, and Bordwell (On the History of Film Style) was perhaps the most widely read figure in ... Read full review



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David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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