China Forever: The Shaw Brothers and Diasporic Cinema (Pop Culture and Politics Asia PA)

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Started in Shanghai in the 1920s, the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio began to dominate the worldwide Chinese film market after moving its production facilities to Hong Kong in 1957. Drawing together scholars from such diverse disciplines as history, cultural geography, and film studies, China Forever addresses how the Shaw Brothers raised the production standards of Hong Kong cinema, created a pan-Chinese cinema culture and distribution network, helped globalize Chinese-language cinema, and appealed to the cultural nationalism of the Chinese who found themselves displaced and unsettled in many parts of the world during the twentieth century.
Contributors are Timothy P. Barnard, Cheng Pei-pei, Ramona Curry, Poshek Fu, Lane J. Harris, Law Kar, Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua, Lilly Kong, Siu Leung Li, Paul G. Pickowicz, Fanon Che Wilkins, Wong Ain-ling, and Sai-shing Yung.

Product Details

  • Series: Pop Culture and Politics Asia PA
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (July 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252075005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252075001
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Decent first English-language book on the Shaw Brothers

19 people found this helpful.
 on September 18, 2008
By Shawn McKenna
The Shaw Brothers is one of the most important film studios in the history of Asian cinema. Their influence on pan-Asian entertainment cannot be overstated. Though Celestial Pictures bought the rights to the entire Shaw Brothers film library (US$84 mil) and started releasing them in 2002 (for years before people had to rely on bootlegs to watch their films), it took until 2008 for an English-language book dedicated to this studio to be published here in the States (The Shaw Screen: A Preliminary Study was released earlier in Hong Kong by the HKFA.)

Delightful Insight into the Shaw Brothers World

 on March 16, 2017
By Julius Bocala
This book is a delightful and informative insight into the world of the Shaw Brothers Studio. Besides being synonymous with kung fu films, many of the chapters include a fascinating history of the Shaw family and their beginnings and rise in the entertainment industry. At the peak of their globalization, their film output was numerous throughout China and Southeast Asia. One of the chapters I found noteworthy was a successful film the studio made in the 1960s called “The Love Eterne.” Based from an opera, the film’s plot and characters not only was made interesting cinematically but also touched millions of moviegoers. Although many, such as myself, would find the kung fu chapters the highlight of the book (and since most of us remembered watching the Shaw Brothers kung fu films on television on a weekend afternoon), the chapters not discussing kung fu are just as important and significant. I highly recommend this book. It is a fascinating study and read, particularly for readers who are interested in learning about global filmmaking and cinema. And be sure to read the very last chapter! Actress Cheng Pei-Pei (from the King Hu classic “Come Drink with Me”) adds her memorable moments of her early days working at the Shaw Brothers Studios.

Four Stars

 on November 18, 2015
By Uber Consumer
Great read, very academic. Could be a textbook for film.

Great book

 on May 14, 2014
By KNN
I’m a Shaw fan and old school martial arts films. And this book does a great job in providing the histories of the Run Run Shaw productions.

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