Dying to Belong: Gangster Movies in Hollywood and Hong Kong
May 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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- Challenges existing definitions of Hong Kong and Hollywood gangster genres
- Illuminates the way gangster films deal with the ambiguities of modern life, correcting the notion that this genre is inconsequential sensationalism
- Contends that both American and Hong Kong gangster films are against-the-grain reactions to the central fable of modern democracies that promise immigrant (and other) outsiders that they can become social insiders
- Draws on a range of American films, ranging from Public Enemy and Scarface to Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, and The Godfather
- Explores a number of Hong Kong's 21st century gangster films, including Andrew Lau's great trilogy, Infernal Affairs, and Election and Election 2, directed by Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To
- Concludes with an exclusive interview with The Sopranos' creator, David Chase