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Hong Kong Cinema: A Critical Filmography

edited by Joelle Collier (College of Santa Fe)

Hong Kong Cinema: A Critical Filmography will provide a representative overview of film production in Hong Kong from the silent era to the present. Ranging far beyond the genres, directors and periods most familiar in the West (and irrefutably disproving the reduction of Hong Kong film to campy ‘chop-socky’), the volume will shed light on the rich, multi-faceted corpus of films produced in the territory through the decades. Alongside entries on key examples of the kung fu and wu xia pian (Chinese swordplay) genres readers will also discover the Cantonese opera film. Works by well-known contemporary directors such as John Woo and Wong Kar-wai will be discussed in addition to works by master directors of the past such as Lee Sun-fung, King Hu, Lung Kong, Tang Shu-shuen and Chor Yuen.

The volume’s focus will not be limited to fiction films produced within the commercial film industry, but will include documentaries, avant-garde works and independent films. Issues addressed include the historical relation of Cantonese- and Mandarin-dialect cinemas; ideological positioning and censorship; and changes in relation to British colonisation, Japanese invasion and the Handover. Taken together, the entries in Hong Kong Cinema: A Critical Filmography will reveal why tiny Hong Kong was for many years the primary producer of films for Chinese audiences throughout the world, and concomitantly one of the top five film producing ‘countries’ in the world. Contributors to the volume include the most eminent scholars in the field from East Asia, North America and Europe.

Joelle Collier received her Ph.D. in Telecommunication and Film from the University of Oregon. She currently holds the position of Professor of Moving Image Arts at The College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. Her essays and reviews have appeared in such journals as Asian Cinema, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and in the anthology Hong Kong Film, Hollywood and the New Global Cinema, eds. Gina Marchetti and Tan See Kam (London and New York: Routledge, 2007). Since 2000 she has served as Vice-Chair of the Asian Cinema Studies Society.