Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head: The Essential Guide to Hong Kong's Mind-bending Films

Sex and Zen A Bullet in the Head The Essential Guide to Hong Kong s Mind bending Films Far from the orbit of Planet Hollywood the new cinema of Hong Kong beckons Gone are the flying pigtails and contrived fist thuds of your father s favorite chopsockies These are punch straight enterta

  • Title: Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head: The Essential Guide to Hong Kong's Mind-bending Films
  • Author: Stefan Hammond Mike Wilkins Jackie Chan Chuck Stephens
  • ISBN: 9780684803418
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • Far from the orbit of Planet Hollywood, the new cinema of Hong Kong beckons Gone are the flying pigtails and contrived fist thuds of your father s favorite chopsockies These are punch straight entertainers, movies juddering with the excitement that put the motion in motion pictures Dodge a thousand bullets as you contemplate the heroic gangster knights of Master DireFar from the orbit of Planet Hollywood, the new cinema of Hong Kong beckons Gone are the flying pigtails and contrived fist thuds of your father s favorite chopsockies These are punch straight entertainers, movies juddering with the excitement that put the motion in motion pictures Dodge a thousand bullets as you contemplate the heroic gangster knights of Master Director John Woo Watch international superstar Jackie Chan perform action comedy on the edge of peril Wrap your imagination in the fantasy of director Tsui Hark, who proffers comely ghosts floating on silk, otherworldly romance, and no joke witches and demons And there s much Fighting femme flicks featuring fatales hiking up their designer dresses and bouncing spike heels off the bad guy s forehead Stylish tragedies rivaling the best of Hollywood noir Brain boiling monster weirdies to delight the grindhouse faithful Subtitles that mangle the English language into fabulous new mutations.

    One thought on “Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head: The Essential Guide to Hong Kong's Mind-bending Films”

    1. Now that there has been a lot of solid books on Hong Kong cinema since the release of this book like David Bordwell's Planet Hong Kong (2000; which will be going online in an updated version soon) and Stephen Teo's Hong Kong Cinema: The Extra Dimensions (1997) (and many more) I think this book is of more interest to the hard core aficionado of Hong Kong film than individuals looking for a detailed discussion of this former colonies cinema or looking to start their journey. The primary focus of t [...]

    2. Nifty organization and layout, and terse, humorous prose. The author's giddy enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. A very good guide, maybe the first really good popular-audience one covering the genre-madness that is Hong Kong commercial cinema. Titles are well selected and representative, and using this guide I was able to see quite a lot of them.

    3. I've been enjoying Hong Kong cinema since the late 80's. This book is one of the best introductions to these movies that I've read. A lot of old favorites, some new ones I hadn't heard of. Recommended if you enjoy cinema with a bite.

    4. A great guide to get you into Asian cinema. Not and end all be all guide but it will give you some places to start if you are new to the genre. It will allow your to sample multiple genres from that part of the world and maybe help you find something that interests you.

    5. Interested in building your knowledge of Asian cinema? This is a good place to start. An excellent source for archives or quick reference material.

    6. A great source to dig into the history of Hong Kong cinema. Nicely illustrated and it covers a broad range of genres.

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