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The real story about Hong Kong films isn't the dramatic decline in their creativity. It is the surgical removal of their distinctiveness as movies of Hong Kong. In their eagerness to please the mainland audience, Hong Kong filmmakers now churn out movies with ready-made plots, powered by simple demographics. I smell more desperation than inspiration in the race to make the Hong Kong cinema mainland-friendly.

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Perry Lam was among the first to critically examine Hong Kong movies in English on a regular basis, with reviews in the early 1980s for South China Morning Post. Widely quoted by the international press including Reuters, The Associated Press, Asiaweek and Cahiers du Cin413ma, he has long been recognized as an authority on Hong Kong cinema. He was editorial director of Muse magazine and taught Asian cinema as adjunct professor of Syracuse University Hong Kong Center. He is now assistant editorial director of Oxford University Press and writes columns in Chinese for Hong Kong Economic Journal and Yazhou Zhoukan. Once A Hero: The Vanishing Hong Kong Cinema is his first English book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: East Slope Publishing Ltd. (Muse, Hong Kong) (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9881500516
  • ISBN-13: 978-9881500519
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,832,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oi Lan on May 19, 2012
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Perry Lam gives good overview of recent Hong Kong movies, with a very critical eye on things that symbolize the decline of the film industry in Hong Kong. He has a good memory for film, too, and reading this makes me nostalgic for the glory days of the 80s and 90s. The appendices were interesting because they detail the early beginnings (in directing for TV ambitious programs) of Patrick Tam and Ann Hui. Recommended for Asian film aficionados.
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Upon looking inside this book and reading the wonderfully written prologue about the book - I proceeded to purchase this immediately thinking that I would get the inside scoop on why Hong Kong Cinema is vanishing. Instead, the book is just pretty much about what the author doesn't like in most post-1997 era Hong Kong movies and why these movies should start to resemble and get inspiration from mainland Chinese cinema! No kidding! Other than that, the author does provide an interesting perspective on the twenty or so movies he critiqued in this book. Just don't assume the title matches the contents of the book.
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