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Foreword by Martin Scorsese Acknowledgments Author's Note Introduction: Speaking in Images I. Voices from China Xie Jin: Six Decades of Cinematic Innovation Tian Zhuangzhuang: Stealing Horses and Flying Kites Chen Kaige: Historical Revolution and Cinematic Rebellion Zhang Yimou: Flying Colors Zhang Yuan: Working up a Sweat in a Celluloid Sauna Wang Xiaoshuai: Banned in China Jia Zhangke: Capturing a Transforming Reality Li Yang: The Future of Chinese Cinema? II. Voices from Taiwan Hou Hsiao-hsien with Chu Tien-wen: Words and Images Edward Yang: Luckily Unlucky Wu Nien-jen: Writing Taiwan in the Shadows of Cultural Colonialism Ang Lee: Freedom in Film Tsai Ming-liang: Trapped in the Past Chang Tso-chi: Shooting from the Margins III. Voices from Hong Kong Ann Hui: Living Through Films Stanley Kwan: From Spectral Nostalgia to Corporeal Desire Fruit Chan: Hong Kong Independent Peter Ho-sun Chan: Pioneering Pan-Asian Cinema Evans Chan: The Last of the Chinese Notes Bibliography

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" Speaking in Images is at once an impressive introduction to who's who in Chinese cinema, a revealing glimpse into Chinese filmmaking history, and the kind of conversation that you don't want to end. " -- Bill Kong, producer, Hero, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Springtime in a Small Town "Chinese-language filmmaking has entered a new era. Michael Berry's unique access to filmmakers and his deep knowledge of Chinese culture and film history have yielded probing, insightful portraits of major creative figures. From Beijing to Hong Kong, from Shanghai to Taipei, these directors are creating today's most exciting regional cinema." -- David Bordwell, author of Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment " Speaking in Images gives you the stories of individual artists, articulating their own perspectives toward their art, their working methods, their inspirations, the problems they've encountered. It also provides a marvelous portrait of not one but three societies -- mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan" -- Martin Scorsese, from the foreword

About the Author

Michael Berry is assistant professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the translator of To Live by Yu Hua, Nanjing 1937: A Love Story by Ye Zhaoyan, and Wild Kids: Two Novels about Growing Up by Chang Ta-Chun.


" Speaking in Images, by Michael Berry, is engaging... It is refreshing to read artists talk about their work and medium." -- Malcom Parker, "Berry's questions are intelligent... they illicit intelligent, detailed answers...useful to anyone seriously interested in world cinema...Essential." -- Choice "[ Speaking in Images] should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities and power of contemporary Chinese Film." -- Mingwei Song, China Review International " Speaking in Images is an excellent, even essential resource for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of these three important Chinese film industries." -- Ethan de Seife, Film International

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