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Dying to Belong. Gangster Movies in Hollywood and Hong Kong. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2249676
  • Book
  • April 2007
  • Region: Hong Kong
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This fascinating book begins with a new definition of the gangster film and a challenging exploration of the Hong Kong and Hollywood screen traditions.
  • Illuminates the way gangster films deal with the ambiguities of modern life, correcting the notion that this genre is inconsequential sensationalism
  • Contends that both American and Hong Kong gangster films are against-the-grain reactions to the central fable of modern democracies that promise immigrant (and other) outsiders that they can become social insiders 
  • Clarifies crucial and fascinating differences between American and Hong Kong approaches to enjoining the discussion of immigrant histories by placing them in counterpoint with each other
  • Draws on a range of American films, ranging from Public Enemy and Scarface to Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, and The Godfather 
  • Explores a number of Hong Kong's 21st century gangster films, including Andrew Lau's great trilogy, Infernal Affairs, and Election and Election 2, directed by Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To
  • Concludes with an exclusive interview with The Sopranos' creator, David Chase
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List of Illustrations.

1. Immigrant Movie Gangsters: The Outside Story.

2. A Frankensteinian Frenzy: Gangster Identity, Hollywood.

3. Gangster Identity, Hong Kong: A Taoist Code Warrior.

4. Hollywood: The Void of Material Success.

5. Dark Laughter at The Materialist Illusion: Hong Kong.

6. East Meets West: The Sopranos, Gangs of New York, Infernal Affairs.

Afterword. The Lesson: From Here to Modernity.

Appendix. Interview with David Chase (Excerpts From the Transcript).





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Martha P. Nochimson Cineaste Magazine.
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