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Bibliography of Hong Kong International
Film Festival Retrospective Books
Related to Hong Kong Action Cinema

4th: 1980
A Study of the Hong Kong 
Martial Arts Film
62k |
5th: 1981
A Study of the Hong Kong 
Swordplay Film (1945-1980
105k | 242k
8th: 1984
A Study of Hong Kong 
Cinema in the Seventies (1970-1979)
38k |
13th: 1989
Phantoms of the Hong Kong 
Cinema
125k | 326k
15th: 1991
Hong Kong Cinema in the 
Eighties
30k |
20th: 1996
The Restless Breed: 
Cantonese Stars of the Sixties
43k |
22nd: 1998
Transcending the Times: 
King Hu and Eileen Chang
82k | 206k

The first Hong Kong International Film Festival took place in 1977. Every year, since 1978, the HKIFF has published both a catalog of films released that year and a retrospective book -- and sometimes, special interest publication or two in the form of books and pamphlets. In 1996, a 10th Anniversary special was issued, and from 1997 onward, there have been yearly "Panorama" special interest books in addition to the annual catalogs, retrospective books, and occasional pamphlets. In 2003, the HKIFF started carrying publications of the Hong Kong Film Archive, as well.

As far as I know, the following is the most complete English-language bibliography of Hong Kong International Film Festival retrospective books related to Hong Kong action cinema available. If you have any more information on the entries listed here, or feel that other catalogs in the series should be included here, don't hesitate to contact me at <scfeldman@juno.com> to explain why other volumes should be included.

As of 2003, Hong Kong International Film Festival books and Hong Kong Film Archive books can both be ordered online with a credit card from this page at the Hong Kong International Film Festival's website <http://www.hkiff.org.hk/>
and from CityLine (HK) Ltd. <http://www.cityline.com/>. Some computers have trouble ordering from the HKIFF's site, so some users might want to try CityLine if they can't get the HKIFF site to work. If you are unable to place an order at both sites, the relevant e-mail contacts are <hkiff@hkadc.org.hk> and CityLine (Hong Kong) Ltd. <cityline@cityline.com.hk>.

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Last Updated July 5, 2001
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 
RETROSPECTIVE BOOKS RELATED TO HONG KONG ACTION CINEMA,
assembled by Steven Feldman

(All of these are in Chinese and English, i.e. fully bilingual.  These
publications are along the lines of scholarly film journals, and have 
sewn signatures.  Many of them are revised/reprinted from time to time.)

Hong Kong International Film Festival (3rd: 1979).  Filmography of the
     Post-War Hong Kong Cinema (Mandarin Films 1946-1977).  Published to
     accompany the "Hong Kong Cinema Survey 1946-1968."  Hong Kong, 1979.
 
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Hong Kong International Film Festival (4th: 1980).  A study of the Hong
     Kong martial arts film: the 4th Hong Kong International Film
     Festival: April 3-18, 1980, City Hall.  Hong Kong: The Council,
     1980.  NOTES: English and Chinese.  Title also in Chinese.  OTHER:
     Hong Kong. Urban Council.  Xiang gang gong fu dian ying yan jiu.
     Hsiang-kang kung fu tien ying yen chiu.
----------<compare with the entry above>
Shih cheng cheu chu pan.  Hong Kong International Film Festival, 4th,
     1980.  Hsiang-kang kung fu tien ying yen chiu : ti ssu chieh Hsiang-
     kang kui chi tien ying chieh, i chiu pa ling nien ssu yeueh san jih
     chih shih pa jih, Ta hui t'ang = A study of the Hong Kong martial
     arts film : the 4th Hong Kong International Film Festival, April
     3-18, 1980, City Hall.  Published in English and Chinese, hsien
     tz'u 1980.  PN1993.5.H6 H65 1980  $8.00
----------<compare with the entry above>
Presented by the Urban Council.  Hong Kong International Film Festival,
     4th, 1980.  Ti ssu chieh Hsiang-kang kuo chi tien ing chieh : Ta
     hui t'ang cheu yeuan chi yen chiang t'ing, i chui pa ling nien ssu
     yeueh san jih chih shih pa jih, Yeu le hsi yeuan, i chiu pa ling
     nien ssu yeyeh shih jih chih shih san jih = The fourth Hong Kong
     International Film Festival : City Hall Theatre & Lecture Hall,
     april 3-18, 1980, King's Theatre, April 10-13, 1980.
     PN1993.4.H66 Orien China  $8.00
 
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Hong Kong International Film Festival (5th: 1981).  A Study of the Hong
     Kong swordplay film (1945-1980): the Fifth Hong Kong International
     Film Festival, April 9-24, 1981, City Hall Lecture Hall.  Hong Kong:
     The Council, 1981.  NOTES: English and Chinese.  OTHER: Hong Kong.
     Urban Council.
----------<compare with the entry above>
Hong Kong International Film Festival (5th: 1981).  Hsiang-kang wu hsia
     tien ying yen chiu (1945-1980): ti 5 chieh Hsiang-kang kuo chi tien
     ying chieh, Ta hui tang yen chiang ting, 1981 nien 4 yueh 9 jih chih
     24 jih.  EDITION: Hsiu ting.  Hong Kong: Urban Council of Hong Kong,
     1996.  NOTES: In Chinese and English.  ISBN: 9627040517  ALT TITLE:
     Study of the Hong Kong swordplay film (1945-1980)  [reprint]
----------<compare with the entry above>
Shih cheng cheu chu pan.  Hong Kong International Film Festival (5th :
     1981).  Hsiang-kang wu hsia tien ying yen chiu (1945-1980) : ti 5
     chieh Hsiang-kang kuo chi tien ying chieh, Ta hui t'ang yen chiang
     t'ing, 1981 nien 4 yeueh 9 jih chih 24 jih = A study of the Hong
     Kong swordplay film (1945-1980), April 9-24, 1981, City Hall
     Lecture Hall.  PN1995.9.H3 H6 1981 Orien China  HK$10.00 paperback
     ISBN 9627040037
 
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Hong Kong International Film Festival (6th: 1982).  Cantonese Cinema 
     Retrospective (1960-1969).  HK$45.00  [1960's survey]

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Hong Kong International Film Festival (8th: 1984).  Chi shih nien tai
     Hsiang-kang tien ying yen chiu : Ta hui tang yen tsou ting, Kao-shan
     chu chang, Tai kung kuan yen chiang ting, 1984 nien 4 yueh 12 jih
     chih 27 jih.  Hong Kong: Shih cheng chu, 1984.  NOTES: Chinese and
     English.  ISBN: 9627040134  Study of Hong Kong cinema in the
     seventies = 70 nien tai Hsiang-kang tien ying yen chiu.  [1970's 
     survey; includes pieces on Bruce Lee, King Hu, Zhang Che (Chang 
     Cheh), Liu Jialiang (Liu Chia-Liang, aka Lau Kar Leung), and Wu Ma]
----------<compare with the entry above>
Li Cheuk-to (Programme Co-ordinator/Editor).  A Study Of Hong Kong Cinema 
     In The Seventies The 8th Hong Kong International Film Festival.  
     WGT. 501-1 kg.  BOOK Dimensions 11 By 8 1/4 Inches.  183 Pages. 
     Bibliographical Notes, Programme Notes.  Filmography, Top 10 
     grossing Hong Kong films (1970-1979).  Names used in this book.  
     Illustrated throughout with black & white photos.  CLIP - The 
     retrospective this year covers an important decade in the history of 
     the Hong Kong cinema, In the early seventies, Cantonese films had 
     virtually vanished from the local scene and most Hong Kong movies 
     made in this period were Mandarin kung-fu films.  The Cantonese 
     cinema did not revive until Chu Yuan's The House of 72 Tenants 
     (1973) and Michael Hui's Games Gamblers Play (1974).  Films dubbed 
     in Cantonese gradually became the mainstream of Hong Kong cinema 
     after 1978.  Meanwhile, the popularity of the kung-fu/wuxia films 
     rose to an unprecedented height in the early seventies, dominating 
     local screens and making an impact on the international scene as 
     well.  However, kung-fu films began to decline following the death 
     of Bruce Lee and by the mid-seventies, the whole Hong Kong film 
     industry was caught in chaos, dictated by opportunistic producers. 
     It was not until 1979 that a group of young, new directors began to 
     reverse the situation by paying more attention to the quality of 
     their films.  Introduction Li Cheuk-to 9 10 Hong Kong Cinema and 
     Television in the 1970s: A Perspective James Kung and Zhang Yueai 
     14 18 Anatomy of a Legend Cheng Vu 23 Bruce Lee and Other Stories 
     Tony Rayns 26 30 The Dao of King Hu Stephen Too 34 41 The Fallen 
     Idol - Zhang Che in Retrospect Tian Yan 44 47 Resilience: The Cinema 
     and Liu Jialiang Tony Rayns 51 57 - Wu Ma's Nose: Here and There 
     Roger Garcia 58 62 Michael Hui: A Decade of Sword Grinding Law Kar 
     65 69 A Portrait of the Comedian as a Schizophrenic Ng Ho 71 73 75 
     The Journey of Desires Sek Kei 82 Li Hanxiang's Aesthetics of the 
     Cynical Stephen Teo 94 99 Lu Qi: Softcore Sex and Hardcore Morality 
     Cheng Vu 101 103 Shu Shuen: The Lone-Rider in Hong Kong Cinema in 
     the 1970s Lau Shing-hon 106 110 The "Shaolin Temple" of the New Hong 
     Kong Cinema Law Kar 114 118 An Interview with He Lanshan Silas Lee 
     120 123 Postscript Li Cheuk-to 127.  ISBN:9627040134

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Hong Kong International Film Festival (13th: 1989).  Phantoms of the Hong 
     Kong Cinema.  ISBN: 962-7040-28-2  HK$30.00  [ghosts and magic]

^^^^^^^^^^
Hong Kong International Film Festival (14th: 1990).  The China Factor in 
     Hong Kong Cinema.  HK$50.00

^^^^^^^^^^
Hong Kong International Film Festival (15th: 1991).  Hong Kong Cinema 
     in the Eighties.  ISBN 9627040320  [1980's survey]
----------<compare with the entry above>

Urban Council.  The 15th Hong Kong International Film Festival.  WGT. 
     501-1 kg.  BOOK Dimensions 11 By 8 Inches.  169 Pages.  Index.  
     Illustrated throughout with black & white photos.  CLIP - 
     International Cinema Introduction 12 Last Images Of The Shipwreck 13 
     Man Facing Southeast 14 Aya 15 The Wonderful World of Dogs 16 Oh, 
     Boris 17 Better Days Ahead 18 The Choice 19 Yaaba 20 Tilai 21 
     Margarit And Margarita 22 The Company Of Strangers 23 H 24 Strand - 
     Under The Dark Cloth 25 The Moon In The Mirror 26 Rodrigo D No 
     Future 27 The Ear 28 Larks On A String 29 Leningrad Cowboys Go 
     America 30 The Match Factory Girl 31 I Hired A Contract Killer 32 
     L'Atalante 33 Daddy Nostalgia 34 Dames Galantes 35 Overseas 36 White 
     Wedding 37 The Rabbit Is Me 38 Traces Of The Stone 39 Jacob The Liar 
     40 Coming Out 41 The Architects 42 My Private War 43 The Nasty Girl 
     44 The Book Of Esther 45 Diary For My Father And Mother 46 Twilight 
     47 The Dandelions 48 Everybody's Fine 49 Night Sun 50 Open Doors 51 
     Story Of Boys And Girls 52 Evenings 53 Ava And Gabriel 54 An Angel 
     At My Table 55 A Handful Of Time 56 The Interrogation 57 Inventory 
     58 Non, Or The Vain Glory Of Command 59 Ay, Carmela! 60 Tie Me Up! 
     Tie Me Down! 61 The Garden 62 A TV Dante 63 All The Vermeers In New 
     York 64 Berkeley In The Sixties 65 Grim Prairie Tales 66 Henry: 
     Portrait Of A Serial Killer 67 Metropolitan 68 Privilege 69 To Sleep 
     With Anger 70 America Becoming 71 Water And Power 72 Conscience 73 
     Decay 74 Freeze, Die And Revive 75 The Second Circle 76 Swan Lake - 
     The Zone 77 Shell 78 Taxi Blues 79 Rio Negro 80 The Ambush 81 
     Landscape With A Woman 82 The Role Of My Family In The World 
     Revolution 83 Silent Gunpowder 84 Short Films The Body Beautiful 85 
     Flames Of Passion Hang Up Night Cries - A Rural Tragedy Prelude To 
     Parsifal 86 Les Roboteurs De Caillebotte The Space Between The Door 
     And The Floor International Video Art 87 World Animation 88 A 
     Tribute To Michael Powell (1905-1990) 90 Asian Cinema Introduction 
     94 Commercial Circles, Parts I & II 95 Heading South 96 U Lianying, 
     The Imperial Eunuch 97 The Gaze 98 Kaspa 99 The Tiger Man 100 My 
     Sky. My Home 101 Taxi 102 Close Up 103 The Cyclist 104 Water, Wind, 
     Dust 105 Crossfire 106 Childhood Days 107 Dance In 365 Days 108 He 
     No Jiguchi 109 Boiling Point (3-4X October) 110 Warning: This Man 
     Is Wild 111 Black Republic 112 Searching For Our Class 113 My 
     American Grandson 114 A Moment Too Long 115 The Song Of Chaophaya 
     116 Blackout Nights 117 Non-Fiction Bumming In Bejjing - The Last 
     Dreamers 118 A Movie Capital 119 Rough Sketch Of A Spiral 120 Liu 
     Pi-chia 121 Works of Nick Deocampo 122 Works of Nick Deocampo II 
     123 Hong Kong Panorama 90-91 The Withering Away Of The Family 125 
     Notes On Hong Kong Cinema 1990 130 Days Of Being Wild (A Fei 
     Zhengzhuan) 133 Kawashima Yoshiko (Chuandao Fangzi) 134 Bullet In 
     The Head (Diexie Jietou) 135 All For The Winner (Du Sheng) 136 
     Armor Of God II - Operation Condor 137 (Feiying Jihua) Red Dust 
     (Gungun Hongchen) 138 Goodbye Hero (Wanming Shuangxiong) 139 
     Swordsman (Xiaoo'ao Jianghu) 140 Front Page (Xin Banjin Baliang) 141 
     Once A Thief (Zongheng Sihai) 142 A TrIbute to Three Asian Actresses 
     Tuti Indra Maiaon 144 Shangguan Yunzhu 147 Setsuko Hara 152 Hong 
     Kong Cinema Retrospective Honc Kong Cinema In The Eighties 158 index 
     168. ISBN:9627040320 

^^^^^^^^^^
Hong Kong International Film Festival (18th: 1994).  Hsiang-kang Shang-
     hai, Tienying shuang cheng: 25.3-9.4.94.  Hong Kong: Shih cheng chu,
     1994.  NOTES: Chinese and English.  ISBN: 9627040428  ALT TITLE:
     Cinema of two cities, Hong Kong, Shanghai; The 18th Hong Kong
     International Film Festival; Ti 18 chieh Hsiang-kang kuo chi tien
     ying chieh

^^^^^^^^^^
Hong Kong International Film Festival (19th: 1995).  Early Images of 
     Hong Kong & China.  ISBN 9627040444 

^^^^^^^^^^
Hong Kong International Film Festival (20th: 1996).  The Restless 
     Breed: Cantonese Stars of the Sixties.  HK$52.00  ["the focus is
     on new young stars, youth musicals, comedies, contemporary action
     movies and martial arts movies" --from the back of the 1998 book]

^^^^^^^^^^
Hong Kong International Film Festival (21st: 1997).  50 Years of
     Electric Shadows.  HK$56.00  [survey of HK cinema, 1947-1997]

^^^^^^^^^^
Hong Kong Panorama 96-97 (companion to 21st: 1997).  [with material on
     director Stanley Kwan and his film YANG & YIN (which contains 20
     mins. of material re Chang Cheh, including interview segments)]

^^^^^^^^^^
Hong Kong International Film Festival (22nd: 1998).  Transcending the 
     Times: King Hu & Eileen Chang.  ISBN: 962-7040-63-0  HK$60.00
_______________________________________________________________________
 
HYPERTEXT LINKS RELEVANT TO THIS BIBLIOGRAPHY:

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL --
www.hkiff.org.hk 
Hong Kong International Film Festival Publications
List of Festival Publications
Hong Kong International Film Festival Main Catalogues
Hong Kong Cinema Retrospective Books
Special Topic Catalogues Highlights of the 25th HKIFF Publications Publication Order Details A Hong Kong government page that describes the HKIFF _______________________________________________________________________ SOURCES OF ADDITIONAL SCHOLARLY ARTICLES ON CHINESE CINEMA: The Hong Kong Film Archive [the publisher of The Making of Martial Arts Movies -- As Told by Filmmakers and Stars, which contains the article "Creating the Martial Arts Film and Hong Kong Cinema Style," written by Chang Cheh!] CHINESE FILM AND MEDIA BIBLIOGRAPHY -- from the Bibliography of Modern Chinese Literature, Film and Culture, found at a page of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), formerly Modern Chinese Literature (1984-1998), at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures of The Ohio State University (for anyone wanting to do advanced research on HK film, go to this site!)

COMPLETE LIST OF HKIFF FILM FESTIVALS AND RELATED BOOKS:

Hong Kong Cinema Retrospective Books
  1. 1977.. [no special interest book for 1977]
  2. 1978.. Cantonese Cinema Retrospective (1950-1959)
  3. 1979.. Hong Kong Cinema Survey (1946-1968)
  4. 1980.. A Study of the Hong Kong Martial Arts Film
  5. 1981.. A Study of the Hong Kong Swordplay Film (1945-1980) (Revised Edition, 1996)
  6. 1982.. Cantonese Cinema Retrospective (1960-1969) (Revised Edition, 1996)
  7. 1983.. A Comparative Study of Post-War Mandarin and Cantonese Cinema:
                the Films of Zhu Shilin, Qin Jian and Other Directors
  8. 1984.. A Study of Hong Kong Cinema in the Seventies (1970-1979)
  9. 1985.. The Traditions of Hong Kong Comedy
  10. 1986.. Cantonese Melodrama (1950-1969) (Revised Edition, 1997)
  11. 1987.. Cantonese Opera Film Retrospective (Revised Edition, 1996)
  12. 1988.. Changes in Hong Kong Society Through Cinema (Revised Edition, 1998)
  13. 1989.. Phantoms of the Hong Kong Cinema
  14. 1990.. The China Factor in Hong Kong Cinema (Revised Edition, 1997)
  15. 1991.. Hong Kong Cinema in the Eighties (Revised Edition, 1999)
  16. 1992.. Overseas Chinese Figures in Cinema
  17. 1993.. Mandarin Films and Popular Songs: 40s-60s
  18. 1994.. Cinema of Two Cities: Hong Kong - Shanghai
  19. 1995.. Early Images of Hong Kong & China
  20. 1996.. The Restless Breed: Cantonese Stars of the Sixties
  21. 1997.. Fifty Years of Electric Shadows
  22. 1998.. Transcending the Times: King Hu and Eileen Chang
  23. 1999.. Hong Kong New Wave - Twenty Years After
  24. 2000.. Border Crossings in Hong Kong Cinema
Special Topic Catalogues
  1. 1996.. The 20th Anniversary of HKIFF
  2. 1997.. Hong Kong Panorama 96-97
  3. 1998.. Hong Kong Panorama 97-98
  4. 1999.. Hong Kong Panorama 98-99
  5. 2000.. Hong Kong Panorama 1999-2000
  6. 2001.. Hong Kong Panorama 2000-2001
  7. 2001.. Hong Kong Cinema 79-89 (Combined Edition)



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