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World Film Locations: Beijing

The title of Li Yu’s film Lost in Beijing evokes the experience of many first-time visitors to China’s bustling capital. The city’s sprawling structure and rapid redevelopment—embodied by the high-rise apartments taking over historic districts—render Beijing’s streets hard to navigate and its culture is just as difficult to penetrate. World Film Locations: Beijing is a revealing and engrossing introduction to both.
 
In a series of spotlight essays and illustrated scene reviews, a cast of seasoned scholars and fresh new voices explore the vast range of films—encompassing drama, madcap comedy, martial arts escapism, and magical realism—that have been set in Beijing. Unveiling a city of hidden courtyards, looming skyscrapers, and traditional Hutong neighborhoods, these contributors depict a distinctive urban culture that reflects the conflict and tumult of a nation in transition. With considerations of everything from the back streets of Beijing Bicycle to the forbidden palace of The Last Emperor to the tourist park of The World, this volume is a definitive cinematic guide to an ever-changing and endlessly fascinating capital city.


128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2012

World Film Locations

Film Studies

Travel and Tourism: Travel Writing and Guides


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Beijing: City of the Imagination
      John Berra
Confined Spaces: Conflict within the Squares and Courtyards of Qing Dynasty Beijing
      Joann Huifen Hu
Map of Scenes 1–8: 1972–1993
Feng Comedy: Beijingers in a Transitional Era
      Liu Yang
Map of Scenes 9–16: 1993–1997
Made in China: The Production of Red Light Revolution (Sam Voutas, 2010)
      Sam Voutas
Map of Scenes 17–24: 1997–2001
Navigating Beijing: Dreamers, Drifters and Drivers
      Mariagrazia Costantino
Map of Scenes 25–32: 2001–2004
The State of Things: Political Power in Beijing
      Yomi Braester
Map of Scenes 33–39: 2004–2007
Zhang Yuan’s Urban Cinema: Transitional Cityscapes and Peripheral Lives
      Dave McCaig
Map of Scenes 40–46: 2007–2011

Resources
Contributors
Filmography

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