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“World Film Locations: Beijing” Available for Pre-Order

Beijing in focus

A new book from the World Film Locations series entitled World Film Locations: Beijing, edited by John Berra and Liu Yang, is available for pre-order. This exciting new title features “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.”

While World Film Locations: Beijing features discussions of many of the films that first made Beijing recognizable to world audiences in the 1990s and early 2000s, this collection of writings also highlight numerous dGenerate titles, including Liu Jiayin‘s Oxhide, Ou Ning‘s Meishi Street, and Cui Zi’en‘s We Are the … of Communism. Addressing the city’s historical legacy as a bastion of Chinese power to modern concerns of urban development and shifting culture through myriad cinematic lenses, World Film Locations: Beijing boasts writing from such scholars as Chris Berry, Yomi Braester, Seio Nakajima, and Grace Wang.

The book is available for pre-order here.


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