Books

  • Review

    Hong Kong New Wave Cinema (1978-2000)

    Well researched but clunkily written, author Pak Tong Cheuk misses the chance to truly bring the 70s/80s cinema scene to life…

    2 stars
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    The Movies of Amy Yip

    Undoubtedly enthusiastic guide to a cult Hong Kong actress, but let down by messy execution and unfortunate leery tone…

    2 stars
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    Ghost in the Shell

    Anime expert Andrew Osmund definitive guide to Oshii’s classic film…

    3 stars
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    Electric Shadows: A Century of Chinese Cinema

    A perfectly pitched introduction to Chinese Cinema from the Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan by the BFI…

    4 stars
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    Kung Fu: Cinema Of Vengeance

    We look back on a vintage book from the golden era of Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest kung fu…

    2.5 stars
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    Audition (novel)

    The book behind the classic Takashi Miike horror…

    3.5 stars
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    Memories (manga)

    In the last of our present series catching up on some of the work of Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo, we flick through this presentation of the earlier short stories that helped make his name…

    4 stars
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    Domu: A Child’s Dream

    The first lengthy work by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo may lack that works volume, but is easily an equal in story and art…

    5 stars
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    Akira (original manga)

    Before the film, there was Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga. Well, not really, it was still being serialised when the Anime came out, but I digress…

    5 stars
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    Schoolgirl Milky Crisis

    “It was the best of shows. It was the worst of shows. Whenever I had to cover my tracks, I simply called it Schoolgirl Milky Crisis…”

    4 stars
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    Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head

    A solid, fun introduction to the mad world of Hong Kong cinema…

    3 stars
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    Lone Wolf and Cub

    The groundbreaking manga that influenced generation upon generation of comic book creators and inspired the notorious ‘Baby Cart’ series…

    5 stars
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    I Am Jackie Chan: My Life In Action

    An insightful look into the life of Asia’s biggest superstar, as likable and endearing as the man himself…

    3 stars
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    Spiral

    A triumph of unpleasantness in the everyday, Suzuki’s unsettling sequel to Ring is creepier and superior in every way…

    4 stars
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    The Hong Kong Filmography

    The MUST-HAVE reference guide for the very serious Hong Kong movie fan…

    3 stars
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    Ring

    The book that spawned the cult movie, not to mention the US remake, and led the tsunami of Asian horror movies in the last few years. But is it really that scary?…

    3 stars
Asian Cinema Education