Lights! Camera! Kai Shi!: In Depth Interviews with China's New Generation of Movie Directors

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Sun and Li interviewed 21 young Chinese movie-makers on a variety of challenges facing them as cinema gradually emerges from the PRC's long-standing censorship restrictions. Assembled by theme, the reader experiences a sense of eavesdropping on an open discussion between with these notable film directors. Includes biographical sketches (with color photos) of each participating director together with their filmographies.

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Shaoyi Sun is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Shanghai University s School of Film & TV Art and Technology and Associate Director of Shanghai University s Center for Media Policy Studies.

Li Xun is Professor and Director of the Graduate Department of the China Film Art Research Center and the China Film Archive in Beijing as well as Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese University Association for Film & TV Studies.

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Lights! Camera! Kai Shi! is much more than a book of thorough and revealing interviews with today's Chinese film directors. Organized thematically, it is an excellent introduction to the contemporary Chinese film industry in the age of the market economy. From Jia Zhangke, winner of the 2006 Venice Golden Lion for Still Life to super blogger and female director Xu Jinglei, Lights! Camera! Kai Shi! introduces a new generation of Chinese film directors to the world. --Chris Berry Professor of Film and TV Studies Goldsmiths College, University of London

Lights! Camera! Kai Shi! offers a unique perspective on the current Chinese film industry and the efforts of 21 leading young filmmakers to move that industry in a positive direction. By having these directors address a single broad theme in each chapter, we are able to listen as they, in effect, talk to each other about nine of the most pressing issues facing filmmakers and Chinese cinema today. In the course of these interviews we are able to see how these directors differ from each other in personal and professional experiences as well as in their philosophical outlooks. This is an excellent choice as a text for classes in contemporary Chinese cinema and will prove equally valuable for conducting research on the Chinese film industry. --Stanley Rosen Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California

Lights! Camera! Kai Shi! is an insightful study of the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers in mainland China. It contains illuminating interviews with the leading directors and sheds light on a whole range of important issues including: independent cinema; censorship; the film industry; and globalization. With this collaborative work, Sun and Li have made a significant contribution to Chinese film studies and provided us a useful and valuable resource. --Sheldon Lu Professor of Chinese Cinema and Literature, University of California, Davis

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