World Film Locations: Shanghai

Edited by John Berra and Wei Ju

World Film Locations: Shanghai

Edited by John Berra and Wei Ju

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

128 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781783201990 Published May 2014
Celebrating Shanghai’s rich cinematic history, the films covered here represent a lengthy time period, from the first Golden Age of Chinese Cinema in the 1930s to the city’s status as an international production hub in 2013. Given the enduring status of Shanghai as the “Paris of the East,” World Film Locations: Shanghai emphasizes the city’s cosmopolitan glamour through locations that are steeped in cinematic exoticism, while also probing the reality behind the image by investigating its backstreets and residential zones. To facilitate this study of Shanghai’s dual identity through reference to film locations, the book includes films from both the commercial and independent sectors, with a balance between images captured by local filmmakers and the visions of Western directors who have also utilized the city for their projects.

With numerous essays that reflect Shanghai’s relationship to film and scene reviews of such iconic titles as Street AngelTemptress MoonKung Fu Hustle, and SkyfallWorld Film Locations: Shanghai is essential reading for all scholars of China’s urban culture.

Shanghai: City of the Imagination

Isabel Wolte

Republican Era Shanghai: Hollywood of the East

Donna Ong

Scenes 1-8


Fists of Bruce Lee: Shanghai’s Martial Arts Film Legacy

Paul Bowman

Scenes 9-16


Lou Ye’s Shanghai Cinema: Love and Loss in the Urban Labrynth

John Berra

Scenes 17-24


Sixth Generation Shanghai: Politicizing the Aesthetic

Dave McCaig

Scenes 25-32



Sci-fi Shanghai: City of the Future

John Berra

Scenes 33-39


The Great Divide: Depths and Peaks of Shanghai Life

Mariagrazia Constantino

Scenes 40-46




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