Futures of Chinese Cinema
Technologies and Temporalities in Chinese Screen Cultures
Distributed for Intellect Ltd
In recent years, Chinese film has garnered worldwide attention, and this interdisciplinary collection investigates how new technologies, changing production constraints, and shifting viewing practices have shaped perceptions of Chinese screen cultures. For the first time, international scholars from film studies, media studies, history and sociology have come together to examine technology and temporality in Chinese cinema today.
Futures of Chinese Cinema takes an innovative approach, arguing for a broadening of Chinese screen cultures to account for new technologies of screening, from computers and digital video to smaller screens (including mobile phones). It also considers time and technology in both popular blockbusters and independent art films from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diasporas. The contributors explore transnational connections, including little-discussed Chinese-Japanese and Sino-Soviet interactions. With an exciting array of essays by established and emerging scholars, Futures of Chinese Cinema represents a fresh contribution to film and cultural studies.
Sean Metzger and Olivia Khoo
Part I: Historiography
Celebratory Screens: Chinese Cinema in the New Millennium
Island of No Return: Cinematic Narration as Retrospection in Wang Tong and New Taiwan Cinema
Socialist Geographies, Internationalist Temporalities and Travelling Film Technologies: Sino-Soviet Film Exchange in the 1950s and 1960s
Tina Mai Chen
Hong Kong Ghost in the Japanese Shell? Cross-racial Performance and Transnational Chinese Cinema
Jia Zhangke and the Temporality of Postsocialist Chinese Cinema: In the Now (and then)
Part II: Capital - Economic and Industrial Contexts
From BitTorrent Piracy to Creative Industries: Hong Kong Cinema Emptied Out
Genre Film, Media Corporations and the Commercialization of the Chinese Film Industry: The Case of ‘New Year Comedies’
Demand for Cultural Representation: Emerging Independent Film and Video on Lesbian Desires
Denise Tse Shang Tang
Part III: Epistemologies
The Queer Space of China: Expressive Desire in Stanley Kwan’s Lan Yu
David L. Eng
Saving Face, or the Future Perfect of Queer Chinese/American Cinema?
Remaking the Past, Interrupting the Present: The Spaces of Technology and Futurity in Contemporary Chinese Blockbusters