Tag: China

June 17, 2021 · 0 comments

Books: History of Chinese Animation

Books: History of Chinese Animation

By Jonathan Clements. Released as part of a Routledge series of translations of Chinese scholarship, Sun Lijun’s two-volume History of Chinese Animation is the largest work yet published in English on the subject, boasting 572 pages on a century of innovation, tribulation and entertainment in the Chinese cartoon business. The book is unforthcoming about its […]

September 11, 2020 · 0 comments

Books: Chinese Movie Mags

Books: Chinese Movie Mags

By Jasper Sharp. In these days of cosplay conventions and K-drama and Chinese sci-fi blockbusters on Netflix, it is easy to forget how little access to – and, let’s face it, interest in – Asian popular culture the West had for the vast bulk of the twentieth century. Not so in the other direction, however, […]

July 21, 2020 · 0 comments

Mr. Vampire

Mr. Vampire

by Jeremy Clarke. If your knowledge of vampire lore comes from Western movies about Dracula you’re in for some real surprises with the 1985 Hong Kong movie Mr. Vampire. This is the movie that put the Chinese hopping vampire on the map. It’s evening, as mortuary assistant Man Choi (Ricky Hui) checks a number of […]

June 27, 2020 · 0 comments

Books: Chinese Cinema

Books: Chinese Cinema

By Jonathan Clements. Hot on the heels of The Japanese Cinema Book, Bloomsbury puts out a new edition of The Chinese Cinema Book, edited by Lim Song Hwee and Julian Ward. Perhaps reflecting smaller returns, both citationally and financially, The Chinese Cinema Book is half the size of its Japanese stablemate, despite China being one […]

April 14, 2020 · 0 comments

Books: Animating the Spirited

Books: Animating the Spirited

By Shelley Pallis. In the introduction to their latest collaboration, Animating the Spirited, Tze-yue G. Hu, Masao Yokota and Gyongyi Horvath recall the discovery that they were all separately working on papers on the “spiritual aspects of creative work,” and their joint decision to pool their resources. I’m not sure, however, that they necessarily agreed […]

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