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.
|Title of host publication||Early film culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Republican China : kaleidoscopic histories|
|Editors||Emilie Yueh-yu YEH|
|Place of Publication||Ann Arbor|
|Publisher||University of Michigan Press|
|Number of pages||22|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9780472901029, 9780472123445|
|ISBN (Print)||9780472053728, 9780472073726|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2018|
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.