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eBook Hong Kong Babylon: An Insider's Guide to the Hollywood of the East ePub

by Barry Long,Fredric Dannen

  • ISBN: 0786883596
  • Category: Movies
  • Subcategory: Entertainment
  • Author: Barry Long,Fredric Dannen
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Miramax Books; First U.S. Paperback Ed edition (November 4, 1998)
  • Pages: 416
  • ePub book: 1528 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1270 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 637

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Hong Kong Babylon is one of the better books about the wild and entertaining world of Hong Kong Cinema. The writers briefly touch all the bases with the information provided. Get this book and the one by Bey Logan and you'll have a nice overall view of this cinema.

Hong Kong Babylon is one of the better books about the wild and entertaining world of Hong Kong Cinema. Strongly recommended.

Dannen, Fredric; Long, Barry.

Hong Kong Babylon is one of the better books about the wild and entertaining world of Hong Kong . Good basic intro to HK cinema world.

The Hong Kong cinema is one of the world's most prolific and energetic. The remainder of the book consists of very brief interviews by Dannen, with numerous directors, producers, and actors, accompanied by filmographies; capsule descriptions by Long of some 300 key Hong Kong films; and recommendations from a dozen critics.

Hong Kong Babylon book. An exploration of the Hong Kong film market chronicles its history and worldwide influence, profiling its most important films and figures while providing photographs, filmographies, and a video guide.

More recently, Dannen was the co-author (with Barry Long) of Hong Kong Babylon: An Insider's Guide to the Hollywood of the East, in which Dannen examines the connections between the Hong Kong film industry and Asian organised crime. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Channels, Barron's and Rolling Stone.

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Previous page navigation. There is little to no damage to the packaging, but it may have minor wear from storage over a long period of time. There may be minimal wear on the exterior of the item. View All: Jackie Chan Michelle Yeoh items Product Types: Books Hardcover Books Lines: Cult Cinema Icons Genres: Action Adventure Buddy Films Comedy Crime Cult Cinema Foreign Films Martial Arts Studio: Miramax Item Release Date: November 28, 1997 Visit our main page for additional items Here.

View all Hong Kong Babylon: An Insider's Guide to the Hollywood of the East pictures. Manufacturer: Miramax Release date: 1 November 1997 ISBN-10 : 078686267X ISBN-13: 9780786862672. Separate tags with commas, spaces are allowed. Use tags to describe a product . for a movie Themes heist, drugs, kidnapping, coming of age Genre drama, parody, sci-fi, comedy Locations paris, submarine, new york.

In the second part, film critic Barry Long looks beyond John Woo and Jackie Chan to compile an exhaustive reference guide to dozens of lean, mean Hong Kong flicks, which cram enough thrills into 90 minutes to put the average Hollywood blockbuster to shame. A-. Hong Kong Babylon: An Insider's Guide to the Hollywood of the East.

Hong Kong theater is a big deal in America at last, with Jackie Chan, John Woo and Chow Yun Fat finally earning the respect they have long deserved. But as Frederick Dannen and Barry Long have deftly illustrated, these men and their films are the products of a long, vital film tradition which is still being overlooked in our part of the globe. Hong Kong theater is a big deal in America at last, with Jackie Chan, John Woo and Chow Yun Fat finally earning the respect they have long deserved.

An exploration of the Hong Kong film market chronicles its history and worldwide influence, profiling its most important films and figures while providing photographs, filmographies, and a video guide.

Comments

Togor Togor
Another case study straight from the old adage, 'Don't judge a book by its cover.'

With a twinge of trepidation, I selected Amazon's cheapest paperback offering of the out-of-print title I was seeking, available for under $2, plus shipping. The book arrived on time (5 days, shipped by ground US Mail), and the book arrived in 'like new' condition, as promised. No surprises, no hitches, no fine print -- just the uncommon pleasure of receiving a good deal without strings attached.

I'm completely satisfied with the purchase, and will continue selecting the most economical alternative, though with a tad bit less skepticism going forward.
Lemana Lemana
Beware this book! Given the success of Dannen's uncompromising 'Hit Men' and the promise of his previously published piece on HK cinema, one would expect 'Babylon' to provide a comprehensive, perhaps even a definitive, examination of the subject at hand. Alas, this 400+ page tome consists, substantively speaking, in very little more than that piece, which can be read for free on the Net! After the initial 54 pages, the volume degenerates into an unbearably tedious crop of lists; capsule profiles of HK film figures, endless filmographies, plot summaries, and a recommended viewing guide, most of which have been presented elsewhere in much more entertaining and engrossing fashion. As to the opinions of 'a round table of twelve diverse and exceptional critics' - who cares? The films are made to be seen, not to be endlessly pontificated upon. As a reference guide for the timid, I suppose the book has some dry value; given the 'insider's' promise of Dannen's earlier writing on the subject, this project is a lazy buzzkill, reading like a means of making a quick buck without pursuing new material or expending additional effort. Avoid, avoid.
WinDImmortaL WinDImmortaL
Considering the lack of any information on the film-making industry outside of Hollywood; this book does fill a needed space. Most libraries would do well to include it in their collection despite the cheap adhesive binding and the high risk of damage to the book(ie pages and pictures being razored out). The opening article gives an interesting yet way-too-short overview on the industry and the individual interviews should have been better planned. The synopsis of individual films is handy because most of the video packaging for these films is not very informative or not in english. Other popular video guides do not often include Hong Kong films unless the films have reached a certain cult status (examples: The Killer, A Better Tomorrow) The critic section is a waste of space. More should have been spent on the history of the industry than on the opinions of little known critics.
Auau Auau
As some of the other reviews here suggest, this is a bit of a cut and paste job-- Dannen's New Yorker piece on the triads thrown together with reviews and lists compiled by others. But the field has been so spottily documented to date that the serious info and critical context provided here is of real value, even if, as is suggested in one of the reviews above, "Sex and Zen and a Bullet in the Head" is probably a better choice for the fan who just wants to know what cool movies to rent. I would also recommend a British book which should be available here, "Hong Kong Action Cinema" by Bey Logan.
Macage Macage
Unfortunately, Fred Dannen's interviews are much too short so if you're looking for an in-depth look into the Hong Kong film business this isn't it. However, the book has a substantial section summarizing/commenting on hundreds of films and they are wonderfully written by Barry Long, a true connossieur of Hong Kong cinema.
Not-the-Same Not-the-Same
Hong Kong Babylon is one of the better books about the wild and entertaining world of Hong Kong Cinema. The writers briefly touch all the bases with the information provided. Get this book and the one by Bey Logan and you'll have a nice overall view of this cinema.

Strongly recommended.