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At Full Speed: Hong Kong Cinema in a Borderless World

At Full Speed: Hong Kong Cinema in a Borderless World
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Author: Esther Yau
Publisher: University Of Minnesota Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 342
Pub. Date: 2001
ISBN-10: 0816632359
ISBN-13: 9780816632350

About the Book:

An original and incisive account of one of the world's most exciting cinemas.

Breathtaking swordplay and nostalgic love, Peking opera and Chow Yun-fat's cult followers – these are some of the elements of the vivid and diverse urban imagination that find form and expression in the thriving Hong Kong cinema. All receive their due in At Full Speed, a volume that captures the remarkable range and energy of a cinema that borrows, invents, and reinvents across the boundaries of time, culture, and conventions.

At Full Speed gathers film scholars and critics from around the globe to convey the transnational, multilayered character that Hong Kong films acquire and impart as they circulate worldwide. These writers scrutinize the films they find captivating: from the lesser known works of Law Man and Yuen Woo Ping to such film festival notables as Stanley Kwan and Wong Kar-wai, and from the commercial action, romance, and comedy genres of Jackie Chan, Peter Chan, Steven Chiau, Tsui Hark, John Woo, and Derek Yee to the attempted departures of Evans Chan, Ann Hui, and Clara Law.

In this cinema the contributors identify an aesthetics of action, gender-flexible melodramatic excesses, objects of nostalgia, and globally projected local history and identities, as well as an active critical film community. Their work, the most incisive account ever given of one of the world's largest film industries, brings the pleasures and idiosyncrasies of Hong Kong cinema into clear close-up focus even as it enlarges on the relationships between art and the market, cultural theory and the movies.

What people say:

"Esther Yau's timely anthology of writings on recent Hong Kong cinema, At Full Speed, is essential. An impressive collection." — Journal of Asian Studies

"At Full Speed represents a sterling contribution to the area of Hong Kong cinema studies. An indispensable text." — Film Quarterly

"With strong essays taking a variety of current approaches (on star figures such as Jackie Chan, on feminist and queer readings across films, and especially the considerable attention paid to audience and reception studies), and with its richly specific contributions surveying the spectrum of the field, Yau's text is a model for books on national cinema." — Canadian Literature

About the Author:

Esther C.M. Yau teaches cinema studies in the School of Humanities at The University of Hong Kong. She has written on Hong Kong cinema and globalization, China's Fifth Generation, gender and film, trauma and testimony, Cold War Chinese cinema, and New Wave directors.