These essays are all valuable in speaking to the specificity of historical moments, styles and influences in hong kong cinema, a cinema which most of us only know in its incarnations of the past twenty-five years. Hong kong the region of hong kong, which had long been a haven for coastal pirates was occupied by the british during the opium war (1839-42) the colony prospered as an east-west trading center, the commercial gateway to, and distribution center for, south china. The cinema of hong kong: history, arts, identity is a key contribution to studies of hong kong's cinematic representation as its subtitle indicates, this book comprehensively and effectively traces the development of hong kong cinema from the three perspectives of history, arts, and identity. This chapter examines two essay documentaries dealing with issues of decolonization affecting hong kong and macao they are considered as examples of the director’s type of interrogative cinema.
City of sadness (悲情城市)director: hou hsiao-hsien writer(s): chu tien-wen, wu nien-jen country: taiwan year: 1989 there is one way to learn about the past through history books piles of facts and retrospective speculations on the causes of different events cover a much more turbulent and dramatic human side of the history. Critical theory, philosophy, literature - reviews, essays, interviews winnie lm yee looks at how the content and production of hollywood genre films and world cinema reflect man’s place in the postwar landscape of nuclear fear and climate crisis. The study of gangster films extends back to the 1970s when the development of film studies as an academic discipline generated new perspectives to provide a scholarly framework for the analysis of film alongside the study of film theory, national cinemas, and film histories, genre theory and the. Hong kong’s mandarin-dominated cinema had traditionally disdained the violence of the wu xia pian (including the cantonese wong fei hong films) and prided itself on the wen yi pian, or “literary arts films, ” melodramas or adaptations of novels and plays by the 1960s, hong kong society had become a hybrid of new and old ideologies and.
Essay: history of chinese cinema in a sense, the history of chinese film can be said to have gone through a sort of evolution from its beginnings to the present this is largely due to the popularity of the chinese genre of film labeled hong kong cinema in fact hong kong cinema has become quite a cult phenomenon in the west. Hong kong cinema, according to film studies professor david cook fighting with swords and guns, exaggerated drama and a bent for the supernatural--ghosts, vampires and the spirits of dead ancestors--are four basic ingredients in the last 20 years of films from hong kong. The cinema of hong kong (chinese: 香港電影) is one of the three major threads in the history of chinese language cinema, alongside the cinema of china, and the cinema of taiwan as a former british colony , hong kong had a greater degree of political and economic freedom than mainland china and taiwan , and developed into a filmmaking hub. The history of hong kong action cinema pt 4 – 1960-1980: new wave this article is part of a series on the history of hong kong action cinema - find the other parts here the 1960's and 70's are probably the most pivotal time regarding the growth of hong kong action films. Chinas take over of hong kong history essay print reference this disclaimer: this work has been submitted by a student this is not an example of the work written by our professional academic writers you can view samples of our professional work here.
Synopsis jackie chan was born chan kong-sang on april 7, 1954, in hong kong, china he began studying martial arts, drama, acrobatics and singing at age 7. Hong kong new wave cinema came at a transitional phase in hong kong's history, and saw directors willing to create films that questioned the status quo. Hf: paul fonoroff, well known hong kong film critic and historian, wrote, a brief history of hong kong cinemai believe it was published in 1988, in renditions, a literary magazine published by the research centre for translation (rct) at the chinese university of hong kongthe copy of the article i link below comes from the cuhk library. The history of hong kong action pt 5 – 1980: new wave, cinema city, jackie chan & john woo the hong kong new wave of the late 1970's had diverted, and the benefit of this diversion was the short-lived, but prolific cinema city in 1980.
The french new wave created a popularization of short essay films, and german new cinema saw a resurgence in essay films due to a broad interest in examining german history but beyond these origins of the term, scholars deviate on what exactly constitutes an essay film and how to categorize essay films. Filmmaker retrospective: the poetic cinema of wong kar-wai aside from working with the best actors and actresses of hong kong cinema, wong’s casting also serve a thematic purpose the 30 greatest westerns in cinema history the 20 worst movies ever made. The essay studies the development of popular entertainment in hong kong with focus on the following themes: traditional festival celebrations, street entertainment, horseracing, football, amusement parks, travel, theatres, radio. Cinema journal 49 | no 4 | summer 2010 176 to this fertile dialogue the cinema of hong kong: history, arts, identity, edited by poshek fu and david desser, contributes a variety of perspectives by established and emerging voices in cinema studies.
For assistance on this essay, i am grateful to darrell davis, emilie yeh yueh-yu, stephanie ng, sam ho, casey lee, stephen teo, and the late charles wang cheung tze, of salon films, hong kong 1: the most comprehensive study of hong kong film history of this period “interview with he lanshan,” in a study of hong kong cinema in the. The cinema of hong kong history, arts, identity edited by poshek fu, university of illinois, urbana-champaign david desser, university of illinois, urbana-champaign published by the press syndicate of the university of cambridge the pitt building, trumpington street, cambridge, united kingdom. Hong kong cinema among the finest in the world, a home to icons like bruce lee, john woo and wong kar-wai these are the best hong kong movies ever. T he far east film festival in udine, italy held its first edition in 1998 with a special focus on popular films from hong kong since then, the event has grown in size and expanded to encompass works from across east and southeast asia.