Remade in Hollywood: The Global Chinese Presence in Transnational Cinemas

Remade in Hollywood: The Global Chinese Presence in Transnational Cinemas

by Kenneth Chan


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The dramatic surge of Chinese visibility in Hollywood has been spurred by Sino-chic talents such as directors Ang Lee, John Woo, Wong Kar-wai, Wayne Wang, and Zhang Yimou, and stars such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chow Yun-fat, Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi, and Michelle Yeoh. Analyzing well-known films by Chinese stars and crew, and the influence they have had on Hollywood directors, Kenneth Chan describes how post-1997 notions of Chinese identity and cultural genres have been reinvented and repackaged by major US studios. Highlighting numerous contradictions and cultural anxieties evident in transnational Hollywood films, Chan suggests that many Chinese stars and directors have made painful compromises to get their films successfully launched into the global capitalist stream of cultural commodities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789622090569
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
Publication date: 08/11/2009
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kenneth Chan is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at University of Northern Colorado.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction: Remaking Chinese Cinemas, Hollywood Style 1

2 Visualizing Hong Kong: Diasporic Cinematic Gaze on the 1997 Handover 33

3 Facing the Red Dragon: Hollywood's 1997 Response to the Hong Kong Handover 57

4 The Global Return of the Wuxia pian (Chinese Sword-Fighting Movie) 75

5 Enter the Triads: American Cinema's New Racialized Criminal Other 105

6 Hollywood's Sino-Chic: Kung Fu Parody, Mimicry, and Play in Cross-Cultural Citationality 129

7 Chinese Supernaturalism: Mythic Ethnography and the Mystical Other 157

Coda: Global Cinematic Technologies of Ethnic (Un)Representation 175

Notes 181

Filmography 219

Bibliography 229

Index 245

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