Kurosawa Akira is a household name and collective memory in Hong Kong. His samurai films were very popular in early post-WW2 Hong Kong, from the 1950s to the 1980s. Kurosawa has been the most influential Japanese film director in Hong Kong. A large number of Hong Kong film directors (including Chang Cheh, King Hu, Tsui Hark, Ann Hui, John Woo and Johnnie To) were indebted to Kurosawa in filmmaking, in particular in the making of Chinese martial arts movies. This study traces the popularity of Kurosawa's samurai films in Hong Kong and examines how Kurosawa's samurai films influenced the making of Hong Kong martial arts films from the 1960s to the present. This historical study of Asian cinema will have important implications for understanding the globalization and localization of Japanese films in an Asian context.
Benjamin Wai-ming Ng, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Paper Information Conference: MediAsia2018
Stream: Film History
Added on Friday, October 12th, 2018
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