Welcome to Chollywood

Chinese language cinema as a transborder assemblage

Authored by: Chris Berry

Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415749428
eBook ISBN: 9781315643106
Adobe ISBN: 9781317285014


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The last few decades have seen a dramatic turnaround in the Chinese-speaking film world. Toward the end of the twentieth century, Hong Kong had the second-largest feature film export industry in the world after Hollywood (Bordwell 2000, 1), and, by reputation, the third-largest production industry after Hollywood and India. Taiwan, which had been a major producer in the 1960s and 1970s, was in decline as a commercial production industry, although its artistic reputation was flying high with auteurs like Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, and Tsai Ming-liang winning many awards at international film festivals. The cinema industry of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was also in the doldrums in the 1990s, and local filmmakers were deeply pessimistic about its prospects (Rosen 2002).

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