Contemporary Asian Cinema: Popular Culture in a Global Frame

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Tereska Ciecko Anne
Berg Publishers, 2006 - Performing Arts - 250 pages
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Asia produces more films than any other part of the world. With chapters on Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan, the book presents the most authoritative assessment of contemporary Asian cinema available.

Each chapter describes the cultural aspects of popular film production, analyzing key films in the context of the national, the regional and the global. Topics covered include: film theory and Asian cinema, popular film genres, major industry figures, the "art film", connections between the state and commercial interests, cultural policies, representations of national identity, trends in international co-production, transnational and diasporic dimensions of Asian filmmaking and viewing, the politics of language choice, the impact of emerging technologies on filmmaking practice, and modes of exhibition.

This book is ideal for students, scholars, and anyone interested in popular culture and Asian films in a changing world.

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Anne Tereska Ciecko is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her work on Asian and Asian diaspora cinemas has appeared widely in journals and anthologies.

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