Hong Kong Horror Cinema, Hardback Book


The first book-length English-language study of Hong Kong horror filmsDumplings stuffed with diabolical fillings.

Sword-wielding zombies. Hopping cadavers. Big-head babies. For decades, Hong Kong cinema has served up images of horror quite unlike those found in other parts of the world.

In seminal films such as 'A Chinese Ghost Story, Rouge, The Eye, Dumplings', and 'Rigor Mortis', the region's filmmakers have pushed the boundaries of genre, cinematic style, and bad taste.

But what makes Hong Kong horror cinema so utterly unique?

Why does it hold such fascination for serious cinephiles and cult fans alike? 'Hong Kong Horror Cinema' is the first English-language study of this delirious and captivating cinematic tradition, offering new insights into the history of Hong Kong horror through case studies of classic films and through a detailed consideration of their aesthetic power, economic significance, and cultural impact in both the global and domestic market.ContributorsGary Bettinson, Lancaster UniversityFelicia Chan, University of ManchesterKenneth Chan, University of Northern ColoradoDavid Scott Diffrient, Colorado State UniversityAndrew Grossman, Independent ScholarEnrique Ajuria Ibarra, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, MexicoVivian Lee, City University of Hong KongLiang Luo, University of KentuckyDaniel Martin, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)Lisa Odham Stokes, Seminole State College, Central FloridaRaymond Tsang, New York UniversityAndy Willis, University of Salford


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 12 B/W illustrations
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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  • Category: Film theory & criticism
  • ISBN: 9781474424592



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