Speaking in Images

Interviews with Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers

Michael Berry

Columbia University Press

Speaking in Images

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Pub Date: October 2005

ISBN: 9780231133319

568 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: October 2005

ISBN: 9780231133302

568 Pages

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Speaking in Images

Interviews with Contemporary Chinese Filmmakers

Michael Berry

Columbia University Press

"I always compare filmmaking to cooking. Shooting is like buying the groceries. You buy all kinds of ingredients and the better ingredients you get, the better chance you have of making the movie you want."—Ang Lee, from Speaking in Images

Speaking in Images offers an engaging and rare collection of interviews with the directors who have changed the face of Chinese and international cinema. Michael Berry's discussions with such directors as Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Zhang Yimou (Hero), Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine), Stanley Kwan (Lan Yu), Tsai Ming-Liang (Vive l'Amour), Edward Yang (Yi Yi), and Hou Hsiao-hsien (Flowers of Shanghai) offer an eclectic and comprehensive portrait of contemporary Chinese cinema.

In interviews that capture each filmmaker's unique vision, the subjects discuss their formative years, the ideas and influences that shaped their work, film aesthetics, battles with censors and studios, the mingling of commercial and art film, and the future of Chinese cinema in a transnational context. Berry's introduction to the collection provides an overview of Chinese cinema in the second half of the twentieth century, placing the directors and their work in a wider historical and cultural context.
Speaking in Images, by Michael Berry, is engaging... It is refreshing to read artists talk about their work and medium. Malcom Parker, Pots.com
Berry's questions are intelligent... they illicit intelligent, detailed answers...useful to anyone seriously interested in world cinema...Essential. Choice
[Speaking in Images] should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities and power of contemporary Chinese Film. Mingwei Song, China Review International
Speaking in Images is an excellent, even essential resource for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of these three important Chinese film industries. Ethan de Seife, Film International
Foreword by Martin Scorsese
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Introduction: Speaking in Images
I. Voices from China
Xie Jin: Six Decades of Cinematic Innovation
Tian Zhuangzhuang: Stealing Horses and Flying Kites
Chen Kaige: Historical Revolution and Cinematic Rebellion
Zhang Yimou: Flying Colors
Zhang Yuan: Working up a Sweat in a Celluloid Sauna
Wang Xiaoshuai: Banned in China
Jia Zhangke: Capturing a Transforming Reality
Li Yang: The Future of Chinese Cinema?
II. Voices from Taiwan
Hou Hsiao-hsien with Chu Tien-wen: Words and Images
Edward Yang: Luckily Unlucky
Wu Nien-jen: Writing Taiwan in the Shadows of Cultural Colonialism
Ang Lee: Freedom in Film
Tsai Ming-liang: Trapped in the Past
Chang Tso-chi: Shooting from the Margins
III. Voices from Hong Kong
Ann Hui: Living Through Films
Stanley Kwan: From Spectral Nostalgia to Corporeal Desire
Fruit Chan: Hong Kong Independent
Peter Ho-sun Chan: Pioneering Pan-Asian Cinema
Evans Chan: The Last of the Chinese
Notes
Bibliography

About the Author

Michael Berry is assistant professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the translator of To Live by Yu Hua, Nanjing 1937: A Love Story by Ye Zhaoyan, and Wild Kids: Two Novels about Growing Up by Chang Ta-Chun.