CFP: King Hu and Wuxia Films, May 2017

July 29, 2016

King Hu and Wuxia: The Chinese Martial Arts Film as an International Genre

Call for Papers

Center for Cinematic Studies, Shanghai Theatre Academy
The King Hu Foundation, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
May 26-28, 2017

The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of the great Chinese-language martial arts film director King Hu (1932-1997). With the works of Come Drink with Me (1966), Dragon Gate Inn (1967), A Touch of Zen (1971) and the like, King Hu brought Chinese-language cinema to the spotlight of the international film community, and elevated the martial-arts genre to a globally recognized place. Blending elements of Japanese samurai films, Western editing techniques, and classical Chinese philosophy, King Hu nurtured a new school of martial arts films, which would subsequently inspire some of the most well-known contemporary filmmakers, such as Ang Lee, Zhang Yimou, Tsui Hark, and Quentin Tarantino.

Director King Hu's memorial site at the Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California.

Director King Hu’s memorial site at the Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California.

To celebrate the legacy of King Hu, and to explore the martial arts film as an international genre, Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), in association with the Los Angeles-based King Hu Foundation, will jointly host the “King Hu and Wuxia” international symposium between May 26 and 28, 2017 (Registration Day: May 26, 2017), to be held at STA, Shanghai. In addition to exchange of ideas, participants will also get the rare chance to see some of King Hu’s personal items on display, the first such exhibition ever held in the world.

The symposium welcomes all articles and proposals related to the subject. It is particularly interested in the ones that address the theme of “crossing” and “transnational,” such as King Hu as a “border-crossing” or “transnational” filmmaker and the martial arts film as a “border-crossing” and “global” genre that is in dialogue with other global film movements. Please send your articles or proposals to Prof. Shaoyi Sun at shaoyis@gmail.com

Paper/Proposal submission deadline: May 7, 2017.


Book Launch Event on Sept. 12, 2016

July 14, 2016

The Fourth Edition of the groundbreaking work The Movie Business Book, which ushered in a new area of studies in cinema when it was first published, will be released by the Focal Press early next month.

The Fourth Edition of The Movie Business Book (editor: Jason Squire) to be released by the Focal Press

The Fourth Edition of The Movie Business Book (editor: Jason Squire) to be released by the Focal Press

The book was meticulously edited and organized by one of my former mentors at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Jason Squire. Jason’s longstanding research helped establish “movie business” as a distinct area of academic study. His global honors include Visiting Professor, Beijing Film Academy and Master of Entertainment Studies, DeTao Masters Academy, Shanghai. After an executive career of work with United Artists, 20th Century-Fox, and with producer Alberto Grimaldi (Gangs of New York; Fellini Satyricon; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly), Squire joined the USC faculty. He has lectured in China, Japan and the United Kingdom. Media appearances include CCTV-6; China Daily; CNN Money; La Opinion; Le Monde; Los Angeles Times; Marketplace; NHK Japan; Reuters; The New York Times; Variety; Wall Street Journal.

Barnes & Noble at The Grove, Located in The Grove Address: The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036, U.S.A.

Barnes & Noble at The Grove, Located in The Grove
Address: The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036, U.S.A.

I feel extremely honored to be invited to contribute a chapter on the Chinese film industry to this brand new edition (more than 90% of the contents are new compared to the previous edition, which is also a reflection of the fast changing nature of the business). To promote and celebrate the publication of the book, Barnes & Noble at The Grove has organized a special book launch event at their Southern California flagship store. So, interested parties, please save the date and show up at the Grove:

Place: Barnes & Noble at The Grove, Located in The Grove;
Address: The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Phone: (323) 525-0270
Time: Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at 7pm.