David Bordwell Master Class
Dynamic Chinese Action! Hong Kong Films Meet the World, and Vice-Versa
Hong Kong action cinema is one of the great success stories of film history. How did this small film industry, serving a customer base far from the dominant markets of Hollywood and Europe, achieve global recognition? And how did that renown in turn affect world film culture? This talk, by the author of Planet Hong Kong and this year’s Lifetime Excellence Award at Fantasia, tells the story of Hong Kong action films on the international market, showing how their approach to film artistry made them unique. The talk will also consider the impact of Hong Kong cinema on Western action films since the 1980s.