"Guangzhou Film" and Guangzhou Urban culture an overview

Hui LIU, Shi-Yan CHAO, Richard Xiaying XU

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Chinese film historians have generally agreed that film industries have thrived in many large cities in China with different development ecologies.1 However, current research on the history of Chinese cinema has been too narrowly focused on Shanghai cinema alone. To expand the scope of Chinese film historiography we identified Guangzhou and its cinema history of the early Republican period as a point of departure. Our research found that there is a close connection between the development of Guangzhou city and the cinema history specific to the area of South China, including Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarly film culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Republican China : kaleidoscopic histories
EditorsEmilie Yueh-yu YEH
Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780472901029, 9780472123445
ISBN (Print)9780472053728, 9780472073726
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Research for this chapter is supported by GRF, “Chinese Film History beyond Shanghai: 1900–1950,” funded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (grant number HKBU 245310). This chapter is revised and rewritten from an earlier Chinese article, “Tanjiu minguo shiqi diyu dianying he doushi wenhua de guanxi: cong Guangzhou baozhi chufa” [A Study of the Relationship Between Regional Film and Urban Culture in the Republican Era: Reports from Guangzhou Republican Daily], in Zouchu Shanghai: Zaoqi dianying de linglei jingguan [Beyond Shanghai: New Perspectives on Early Chinese Cinema], eds. Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh, Feng Xiaocai, and Liu Hui (Beijing: Beijing University Press, 2016), 69–88.


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