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Asian Pop Cinema: Bombay to Tokyo

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A full-colour guide to the wide-ranging films of Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and India. Presents the major films, the people behind them, the key elements of each genre and interviews with Jong Woo and others.
Paperback, 132 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Chronicle Books (CA)
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A good primer and rec repository, particularly for someone like me, who first came to view Asian cinema through the prisms of pinku and John Woo, played some immensely rewarding catch-up with Ozu, Naruse, and Mizoguchi, hunkered down in the arthouse bunker with Tsai and Joe, and can now feel his fecund cinesoul thirsting for fresh fetishes. Onward!
More than time has passed since Asian Pop Cinema was published in 1999; the knowledge of Asian Cinema has become more ubiquitous with an abundant amount of DVDs and books that have been released since. For example, when writing about Thai movies he completely ignores Panna Rittikrai B action films that were plentiful and popular during the 80s and 90s, but it is hard to fault because they were not well known outside of Thailand until the popularity of Tony Jaa. Only five pages (and one of them a ...more
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Lee Server specialises in books on popular culture and literary history.

He is the critically acclaimed author of such as 'Danger Is My Business: The Illustrated History of the Fabulous Pulp Magazines' (1993), 'Over My Dead Body: The Sensational Age of the American Paperback' (1995) and the biography 'Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care' (2001).
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Ava Gardner Robert Mitchum: "Baby I Don't Care" Over My Dead Body: The Sensational Age of the American Paperback: 1945-1955 Danger Is My Business: An Illustrated History of the Fabulous Pulp Magazines: 1896-1953 Sam Fuller: Film Is A Battleground: A Critical Study, with Interviews, A Filmography, and a Bibliography

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