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Taiwan Film Directors: A Treasure Island (Film and Culture Series) Paperback – July 6, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0231128995 ISBN-10: 0231128991
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Editorial Reviews


This book is a highly intelligent and welcome guide to the movement as whole, and to some of its major participants.

(Bradley Winterton Taipei times)

A fine first chapter on Taiwan's film industry.

(June Teufel Dreyer Taipei Review)

a veritable jewel for those interested in Taiwanese film culture and its domestic and international evolution.


A most welcome arrival on the scene for Asian Cinema as a whole, and is a book long over due.

(James Udden Film International 1900-01-00)

Extremely valuable.

(Yu-Jyuan Jian Canadian Journal of Film Studies 1900-01-00)

Taiwan Film Directors provides a much-needed, comprehensive history ofTaiwan cinema.

(Alexander C. Y. Huang The Journal of Asian Studies 1900-01-00)


In this groundbreaking work, Davis and Yeh at once offer the reader something illuminating in theoretical engagement, erudite in historical delineation, and lucid in writing style. It is a must-read.

(Sheldon Lu, University of California, Davis, coeditor of Chinese-Language Film: Historiography, Poetics, Politics)|

With a sumptuous fund of historical details and formal insights, this landmark study of Taiwan film directors articulates questions of cultural production in ways that resonate well beyond the Asia Pacific. A superb resource both for the general reader and for the specialist.

(Rey Chow, Brown University, author of Primitive Passions, Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema)|

Taiwanese cinema, remarkably creative for twenty-five years, receivesits due in this stimulating book. Elegantly blending cultural historyand film analysis, Yeh and Davis shed new light on the extraordinaryachievements of Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Ang Lee,and other renowned directors. Taiwan Film Directors is a sensitive andprobing introduction to one of the world's most exciting cinematictraditions.

(David Bordwell, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author ofFigures Traced in Light: On Cinematic Staging)|

Taiwan is home to some of today's finest working filmmakers--and in the case of Hou Hsiao-hsien, one the finest ever. Darrell Davis and Emilie Yeh's thoughtful study of the Taiwan New Cinema could not be more welcome.

(J. Hoberman, film critic The Village Voice)

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Product Details

  • Series: Film and Culture Series
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (July 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231128991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231128995
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Betzee on October 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
A wonderful book on a topic that had not been well covered, i.e., the history of New Taiwanese Cinema. Covered in detail are its origins as well as the motivations of different directors and how it all intertwined with Taiwan's political liberalization in the 1980s.
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