Sinascape: Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a comprehensive study of Chinese-language films at the turn of the millennium. Emphasizing the transnational nature of contemporary Chinese cinema, it provides close readings of most of the important films of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and explores the interactions and transactions among these films and between Chinese cinema and Hollywood. General readers, film enthusiasts, and critics will all benefit from Gary Xu's discussion of popular films like Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Kung Fu Hustle, Devils on the Doorstep, Suzhou River, Beijing Bicycle, Millennium Mambo, Goodbye Dragon Inn, and Hollywood Hong Kong.
Gary G. Xu is associate professor of Chinese, comparative literature, cinema studies, and criticism in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Right to Copy and the Digital Copyright: Hero, House of Flying Daggers, and China's Cultural Symptoms Chapter 3 Violence, the Sixth Generation Filmmaking, and Devils on the Doorstep Chapter 4 My Camera Doesn't Lie: Cinematic Realism and Chinese Cityscape in Beijing Bicycle and Suzhou River Chapter 5 Shaw Brothers' Old Cinema Excavated: From Kung Fu Hustle to Goodbye Dragon Inn Chapter 6 The Smell of the City: Memory and Hou Hsiao-hsien's Millennium Mambo Chapter 7 Hollywood Hong Kong, Hollywood Hong Kong, and the Cinematic Mode of Production Chapter 8 Postscript: Remaking East Asia