Gangster films came on the scene during the 1970s when Hong Kong’s economy began to take off. The city’s heyday was also the period these mafia dramas reigned. Despite being an integral part of Hong Kong cinema, the gangster film has hardly ever been singled out for study. This volume sets out to present a holistic view of the gangster film from multiple angles, including its roots in Chinese culture, the influence from foreign movies, its varied faces during different stages of development, and a who’s who in this distinctive cinema. An attempt to trace how these works on criminals and their lives have evolved into a major film genre Hong Kong.
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