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Hong Kong Babylon: An Insider's Guide to the Hollywood of the East Hardcover – November 28, 1997
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By including a history of Hong Kong's movie industry; interviews with 31 leading filmmakers, actors, and actresses; plot summaries of some of the better and more influential Hong Kong films of the post-war period; and "recommended viewing" lists from 12 critics, Hong Kong Babylon provides a complete introduction to one of the world's fastest growing and most inventive filmmaking industries. It is especially charming and enlightening to read the discussions in which Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, John Woo, and Chow Yun Fat reflect on their industry in their sometimes stilted English, explaining far better than any Western critic could just what it is to be part of this frenetic business.
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The recent stateside popularity of action star Jackie Chan (Rumble in the Bronx) and director John Woo (Face/Off, Broken Arrow) has focused more attention on Hong Kong cinema. Journalist Dannen and film buff Long have produced a useful book on the genre that is one part history and three parts reference work. Dannen opens with a short but informative report on the current scene that first appeared in The New Yorker; a series of brief interviews with and filmographies for leading creatives follows. Long provides plot synopses of over 300 films (with key credits), and the book wraps with a dozen international critics ranking the major films. As valuable as this work is, accessibility to these films is limited even on video, so libraries may want to use discretion in ordering.?Thomas J. Wiener, "Satellite DIRECT," Vienna, Va.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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