The Poetics of Chinese Cinema

  • Gary Bettinson
  • James Udden

Part of the East Asian Popular Culture book series (EAPC)

About this book


This book examines the aesthetic qualities of particular Chinese-language films and the rich artistic traditions from which they spring. It brings together leading experts in the field, and encompasses detailed and wide-ranging case studies of films such as Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Spring in a Small Town, 24 City, and The Grandmaster, and filmmakers including Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jia Zhangke, Chen Kaige, Fei Mu, Zhang Yimou, Johnnie To, and Wong Kar-wai. By illuminating the form and style of Chinese films from across cinema history, The Poetics of Chinese Cinema testifies to the artistic value and uniqueness of Chinese-language filmmaking. 


Mainland Chinese cinema Hong Kong Cinema Taiwanese Cinema Chinese-language cinema Film Poetics Neoformalism Film Theory arts Asia Asian cinema Asian culture cinema culture film film history history literature media studies poetics

Editors and affiliations

  • Gary Bettinson
    • 1
  • James Udden
    • 2
  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Gettysburg CollegeGettysburgUSA

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