The Encyclopedia of Chinese Film, one of the first ever encyclopedias in this area, provides alphabetically organized entries on directors, genres, themes, and actors and actresses from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as 300 film synopses. Great care has been taken to provide solid cultural and historical context to the facts. The alphabetical entries are preceded by a substantial historical section, incorporating material on the the main studios and analysing the impact of Chinese film abroad as well as at home in recent years.
This Encyclopedia meets the needs, equally, of
* the film studies scholar
* the student of Chinese culture
* the specialist in Chinese film
* the curious viewer wanting to know more.
Additional features include:
* comprehensive cross-references and suggestions for further reading
* a list of relevant websites
* a chronology of films and a classified contents list
* three indexes
- (one of film and tv titles with directors names and year of release, one of names including actors, writers, directors and producers and one of studios, all with pinyin romanizations)
* a glossary of pinyin romanizations, Chinese characters and English equivalents to aid the specialist in moving between Chinese titles and English translations.
Table of Contents
Jackie Chan; Joan Chen; Kaige Chen; Leslie Cheung; Gong Li; Andy Lau; Ang Lee; Bruce Lee; Wong Kar-Wai; John Woo; Michelle Yeoh; Zhang Yimou; A Time to Live, A Time to Die; Chungking Express; Crows and Sparrows; Eat Drink Man Woman; Enter the Dragon; Farewell My Concubine; Hibiscus Town; Ju Dou; Raise the Red Lantern; Red Sorghum; Shanghai Triad; The Story of Qiuju; The True Story of Ah Q; The Wedding Banquet; To Live; Uproar in Heaven; Yellow Earth
'This work offers comprehensive coverage at a time when Chinese cinema has won international acclaim. The essays alone offer great assistance, but when coupled with the cross-referenced entries and the handsome photographs, the work's value crystallizes. A thorough bibliography, multiple indexes and an annotated list of select websites further enhance this volume. Highly recommended for all academic libraries; there is no comparable reference.' - Library Journal
'There have been scholarly studies of certain aspects of Chinese cinema in English before, but this Encyclopedia is unique in its scope. The volume is a splendid contribution to the study of one of the most important film traditions outside Hollywood. All students of the Chinese cinema will want a copy.' - Times Literary Supplement
'...represents a real step forward for the documentation of Chinese cinema.' - Sight and Sound
'Film librarians will welcome Routledge's Encyclopedia of Chinese Film. There is little else in the reference literature that covers Chinese film as comprehensively, especially in a single volume ... a well-balanced mix of articles. Editors Yingjin Zhang and Zhiwei Xiao deserve credit for a useful, thorough treatment of an important and interesting topic. Academic libraries and large public libraries will find this a valuable addition to their film reference collections.' - Against the Grain
'This one-volume encyclopedia is a well-stocked supermarket for the student of Chinese film and a handy reference work for any scholar working with films from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.' - JOSA 31