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Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment
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Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (Paperback)

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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 th e 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 an attained cult status in the West. This book offers an informed and 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 can be, David Bordwell demonstrates that they are not merely crowd-pleasing; they harbour remarkable inventiveness and careful craftsmanship and in many cases rise to the level of a rich and delightful art. The author surveys the historical conditions that fuelled 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.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm theory & criticism Publisher: Harvard University Press Publication Date: 01/01/2000 ISBN-13: 9780674002142  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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