Zhu Shilin: A Filmmaker of His Times

Zhu Shilin: A Filmmaker of His Times Front cover


Throughout his film career, Zhu Shilin (1899-1967) did not resign himself to drifting with the tide, but stayed true to his passion and tactfully rode out the turbulent waves of history with unflagging perseverance. He, somewhat like a miracle, made himself a genuine auteur rarely found in Chinese cinema, reflecting both past and present, tradition and modernity. Back in his times, his works might have not been 'progressive' enough, but when seen today, they continue to charm while finding their way deep into the core of the Chinese psyche.

The book contains essays on the art and historical path of Zhu Shilin by reputed scholars and writers, plus interviews with Zhu's children and protégé Cen Fan. 256 pages in total. Published in 2008. In separate Chinese and English editions. Priced at HK$118. (Edited by Wong Ain-ling)

English edition: ISBN 962-8050-46-X


Wong Ain-ling

The Portrait of Zhu Shilin as an Auteur
Liu Hui

Blowing in the Wind: Zhu Shilin's Creative Ups and Downs in His Zhonglian and Huaying Periods
Lin Chang and Zhang Wei

At the Crossroads: The Identity Crisis of Zhu Shilin and Fei Mu
Ding Yaping

Hong Kong Under the Lens of Zhu Shilin: An Examination of Zhu's Films from 1946 to 1954
May Ng

The Leftist Cause and Domestic Enlightenment: The Dividing Wall, Between Fire and Water, Festival Moon 
Chan Chi-tak

New Times, Old Times: Women's Education and Gender Roles in Zhu Shilin's Films 
Grace Ng

The Early Works of Zhu Shilin and Contemporary Chinese Culture of the Early 20th Century 
Shen Shuang

Zhu Shilin's Musings on Women, Love and Marriage in Film 
Lau Shing-hon

Sorrows of the Housewife 
Michael Lam

The Dividing Wall: Zhu Shilin's Matrimonial Vision 
Wong Ain-ling

Genre-crossing of Film and Opera: The Cinema of Zhu Shilin at a Glance 
Koo Siu-sun

The Gravest Miscarriage of Justice in Chinese Film History: Sorrows of the Forbidden City 
Zhou Chengren

Race, Nation, and Ground Zero of Chinese Modernity: Sorrows of the Forbidden City—60 years later—A Reconsideration 
Evans Chan

Oral History (1):Chu Fung and Chu Yan

Oral History (2): Cen Fan