This collection of essays explores the mosaic of East Asian cinema by focusing on issues of identity, history and trans-regional cultural flow within this dynamic region. The argument of the editors is two-fold: cinematic cross-pollination within East Asian film has been a constant since 1945, and any discussion of the complex identity of East Asia and its national cinemas must consider regional historical issues. These arguments run counter to recent literature published in the field of East Asian cinema that claim responses to Western globalization and modernization are the shaping forces for Asian cultural identity.
Andrew Jackson holds a Ph.D. from the University of London. Michael Gibb is Senior Tutor at City University of Hong Kong. Dave White is Instructor at Tokai Gakuen University.
Foreword by Hyangjin Lee; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. "Natural Culturalism in Narayamabushi-ko (The Ballad of Narayama): A Study of Shohei Imamura's Thematic Concerns" by Lee Wood Hung; 2. "History, Film and National Myth: The Opium War Revisited by Martin Gieselmann "Cinematic Representations of the Chinese Cultural Revolution" by Ming-May Jessie Chen; 3. "After the Fin de Siecle: the Post-Nostalgic Imagination in Qianyan wanyu (Ordinary Heroes) and Fruit Chan's Xilu xiang (Little Cheung)"; 4. "Neither Here Nor There: Positive Responses to Modernity in South Korean Film" by Michael Gibb and Andrew Jackson; 5. "The New Cinematic Language of South Korean Film" by Andrew Jackson; 6. "The Little (Chinese) Mermaid, or Importing "Western" Femininity in Lou Ye's Suzhou he (Suzhou River)" by Sean Metzger; 7. "The Mainland 'Other in the Hong Kong Commercial Mainstream: Political Change and Cultural Adaptation" by Vivian Lee; 8. "Minorities in Japan as Seen in Recent Japanese Cinema" by Dave White; 9. "From Musicals to Martial Arts: Fifty Years of Hong-Kong Japanese Cinematic Cooperation" by Kinnia Yau Shuk Ting; 10. "History of Japanese Pornographic Films in Hong Kong and Their Impact on Hong Kong Category 3 Films" by Benjamin Wai-ming Ng; 11. "Asia the Invincible: Discourses of Regionalism in Dong fang bu bai 2: zhi feng yun zai qi (The East is Red) and Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)" by Olivia Khoo; 12. "Transnational Popular Culture and the Tension of Regional Identity: A Ban on Chun guang zha xie (Happy Together) in South Korea" by Lee Hyung-sook; Index.