The Reform and Opening-up of China since the late 1970s has not only transformed the economic and political situation of the country, but also transformed the Chinese film industry. This volume focuses on the 40 years of the history of Chinese film in the post-Mao era. As all aspects of film production, distribution and exhibition have been commercialized, Chinese film has become an industry of immense scale and has grown by leaps and bounds. Meanwhile, contemporary Chinese film is marked by a new zeitgeist, with Chinese film closely integrated with Chinese society and the economy. The author argues that the Chinese film industry clearly stands at a turning point where the future of Chinese film and the way to further awaken, change, and shape film production have become important issues worth consideration in contemporary film history. The book will be essential reading for scholars and students in film studies, Chinese studies, cultural studies and media studies, helping readers develop a comprehensive understanding of Chinese film.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. Collision of Films in a New Era (1977-1979). 2. Politics and Cultural Rhetoric (1980-1989). 3. Film, Market and Society (1990-1993). 4. The Appearance of Blockbusters (1994-1999). 5. Globalization and Imagination in Films (2000-2006). 6 The Operation and Influence of Marketization (2007-2009). 7. Image Production and the Film at the Age of Digital (2010-2012). 8. From the Era of Globalization to the Internet Age (2013-).
Ding Yaping is the Director of the Film and Television Research Institute of the Chinese National Academy of Arts. He specializes in the history of Chinese film and has published more than 20 monographs. Jin Haina is professor of translation, film and communication studies at the Communication University of China. Her research interests include film translation, translation history, and film history.