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List of illustrations List of contributors Acknowledgments Note on the Romanisation of Chinese Introduction Nick Browne Part I. Film in the People's Republic: 1. Spatiality and subjectivity in Xie Jin's film melodrama of the new period Ma Ning 2. Society and subjectivity: on the political economy of Chinese melodrama Nick Browne 3. Huang Jianxin and the notion of post-socialism Paul G. Pickowicz 4. Neither one thing nor another? Towards a study of the viewing subject and Chinese cinema in the 1980s Chris Berry Part II. Film in Taiwan and Hong Kong: 5. Remapping Taipei Fredric Jameson 6. The Ideology of initiation: the films of Hou Hsiao-hsien William Tay 7. The return of the father: Hong Kong new wave and its Chinese context in the 1980s Li Cheuk-To 8. Border crossing: mainland China's presence in Hong Kong cinema Esther Yau 9. Two films from Hong Kong: parody and allegory Leo Ou-Fan Lee.