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Remade in HollywoodThe Global Chinese Presence in Transnational Cinemas$
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Kenneth Chan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090552

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090552.001.0001

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Introduction: Remaking Chinese Cinemas, Hollywood Style

Introduction: Remaking Chinese Cinemas, Hollywood Style

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: Remaking Chinese Cinemas, Hollywood Style
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Remade in Hollywood
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Kenneth Chan

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622090552.003.0001

This book examines the Chinese presence in Hollywood cinema, focusing on the proliferation of Hollywood and Hollywood-inflected films featuring ethnic Chinese stars such as Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, Chow Yun-fat, and Jackie Chan, in works directed by the likes of John Woo, Wayne Wang, Wong Kar-wai, and Zhang Yimou. It analyzes how these Chinese cinemas have ridden the wave of Hollywood appeal, which is part of Chinese cinema's contemporary transnationalization. It also reveals three main streams of cinematic traditions and discourses that intertwine to create the present cultural climate: firstly, Hollywood's adventurism within the Chinese cinematic traditions; secondly, the racist structures of classic and contemporary Hollywood stereotypes of the Chinese; and thirdly, the Asian-American cinematic response of survival and intervention.

Keywords:   Hollywood cinema, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, Chow Yun-fat, Jackie Chan, Chinese cinemas, transnationalization

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