Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema

Art, politics, and commerce are intertwined everywhere, but in China the interplay is explicit, intimate, and elemental, and nowhere more so than in the film industry. Understanding this interplay in the era of market reform and globalization is essential to understanding mainland Chinese cinema. This interdisciplinary book provides a comprehensive reappraisal of Chinese cinema, surveying the evolution of film production and consumption in mainland China as a product of shifting relations between art, politics, and commerce. Within these arenas, each of the twelve chapters treats a particular history, development, genre, filmmaker or generation of filmmakers, adding up to a distinctively comprehensive rendering of Chinese cinema. The book illuminates China’s changing state-society relations, the trajectory of marketization and globalization, the effects of China’s stark historical shifts, Hollywood’s role, the role of nationalism, and related themes of interest to scholars of Asian studies, cinema and media studies, political science, sociology, comparative literature and Chinese language. Contributors include Ying Zhu, Stanley Rosen, Seio Nakajima, Zhiwei Xiao, Shujen Wang, Paul Clark, Stephen Teo, John Lent, Ying Xu, Yingjin Zhang, Bruce Robinson, Liyan Qin, and Shuqin Cui.  —Hong Kong University Press

Stanley Rosen
Hong Kong University Press
March 2010

Stanley Rosen is director of the East Asian Studies Center and a professor of political science at the University of Southern California. A specialist on politics in the People’s Republic of China, Chinese film, and Chinese society, Rosen is author of The Role of Sent-Down Youth in the Chinese Cultural Revolution: The Case of Guangzhou (Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies, 1981) and Red Guard Factionalism and the Cultural Revolution in Guangzhou (Westview Press, 1982). He has also co-edited, with Peter Hays Gries, State and Society in 21st Century China: Crisis, Contention and Legitimation (Routledge, 2004) and Chinese Politics: State, Society and the Market (Routledge, 2010).