Exploiting East Asian Cinemas

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas: Genre, Circulation, Reception

by Ken Provencher

Ken Provencher has taught film and media studies at Josai International University in Tokyo, Japan, and Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. His work focuses on the transnational Hollywood industry, especially its relation to East Asian media industries and popular cultures. He has contributed to The Companion to Wong Kar-wai, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and The Velvet Light Trap, among others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon teaches film and media studies at California State University, Fullerton. His research focuses on the relationship between media cultures and transnational human mobility. His publications include essays in Journal of South Asian Film and Media Studies, Mediascape, and Reconstruction, among other; and chapters in the anthologies Negative Cosmopolitanisms and Transnational Horror Cinema. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
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    978-1-5013-1965-5 (hardback)

    978-1-5013-1967-9 (epdf)

    978-1-5013-1966-2 (epub)

    978-1-5013-1968-6 (online)
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    First edition
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Exploiting East Asian Cinemas
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From the 1970s onward, “exploitation cinema” as a concept has circulated inside and outside of East Asian nations and cultures in terms of aesthetics and marketing. However, crucial questions about how global networks of production and circulation alter the identity of an East Asian film as “mainstream” or as “exploitation” have yet to be addressed in a comprehensive way. Exploiting East Asian Cinemas serves as the first authoritative guide to the various ways in which contemporary cinema from and about East Asia has trafficked across the somewhat-elusive line between mainstream and exploitation.

Focusing on networks of circulation, distribution, and reception, this collection treats the exploitation cinemas of East Asia as mobile texts produced, consumed, and in many ways re-appropriated across national (and hemispheric) boundaries. As the processes of globalization have decoupled products from their nations of origin, transnational taste cultures have declared certain works as “art” or “trash,” regardless of how those works are received within their native locales. By charting the routes of circulation of notable films from Japan, China, and South Korea, this anthology contributes to transnationally-accepted formulations of what constitutes “East Asian exploitation cinema.”