© 2018

The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema

  • Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park
  • Gina Marchetti
  • See Kam Tan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park, Gina Marchetti, See Kam Tan
    Pages 1-12
  3. Defining Asian Cinema in the 21st Century

  4. Locating the New Asian Cinema: Changing Aesthetics, Distribution Networks, and Global Connections

  5. Asian History in the Making

About this book


This collection offers new approaches to theorizing Asian film in relation to the history, culture, geopolitics and economics of the continent. Bringing together original essays written by established and emerging scholars, this anthology transcends the limitations of national borders to do justice to the diverse ways in which the cinema shapes Asia geographically and imaginatively in the world today. From the revival of the Silk Road as the “belt and road” of a rising China to historical ruminations on the legacy of colonialism across the continent, the authors argue that the category of “Asian cinema” from Turkey to the edges of the Pacific continues to play a vital role in cutting-edge film research. This handbook will serve as an essential guide for committed scholars, students, and all those interested in the past, present, and possible future of Asian cinema in the 21st century. 


transnational film global asian geopolitics asian economics China India

Editors and affiliations

  • Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park
    • 1
  • Gina Marchetti
    • 2
  • See Kam Tan
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.School of HumanitiesUniversity of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong
  3. 3.University of MacauMacauSingapore

About the editors

Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. He has published in Asian Cinema, The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, The Journal of Korean Studies, and Post Script.

Gina Marchetti is Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. In 1995, her book, Romance and the "Yellow Peril”: Race, Sex and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction (University of California, 1993), won the award for best book in the area of cultural studies from the Association for Asian American Studies. Her recent book is Citing China: Politics, Postmodernism, and World Cinema (University Of Hawai'i Press, 2018).

Tan See Kam is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the Department of English, University of Macau. He is Chair of the Asian Cinema Studies Society and Chief Editor of Asian Cinema

Bibliographic information


“This essential collection provides an illuminating and thought-provoking exploration of some of the key debates in the fast-growing field of Asian cinema. Guiding readers through the historical, political and conceptual possibilities opened by Asia’s dynamic screen industries, the editors have assembled a valuable resource that will set the tone for scholarly interventions to come.” (Olivia Khoo, Monash University, Australia)