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Hong Kong Babylon

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Over the past few years, Hong Kong movies have become more popular and studied by critics and film-goers alike. It is a cinema of incessant action, eye-popping effects and cartoon-like violence which has left its mark on the work of many young contemporary Western Film-makers. Conversely, Hong Kong film-makers like John Woo have crossed over and put their unique stamp on A ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published June 23rd 1997 by Faber & Faber
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Jan 21, 2009 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In between yesterday and today I managed to read an entire book without really meaning to, but I found some downtime.

I read through Hong Kong Babylon, which is a book about HK cinema's "New Wave" (basically late 70s to early 90s or so) and the rise of Tsui Hark, John Woo and the like. Covers many interesting areas of HK Cinema with a number of anecdotes I was already familiar with.

There are a number of sections to the book.

The first 75 pages or so is essentially New Wave HK Cinema 101 covering m
Paired with the more fun "Sex, Zen and a Bullet in the Head," you pretty much have all you need to know about the golden age of Hong Kong commercial cinema from the 70s through the 90s. This one has a good filmography in the back.
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Jan 29, 2008 Dave H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hasn't let me down.
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Such an interesting read, and a helpful insight into East Asia'a best cinematic productions!
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