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Jet Li

Chinese Masculinity and Transnational Film Stardom

Sabrina Qiong Yu

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This is one of the first studies of Chinese stars and their transnational stardom, examining the transnational Chinese actor Jet Li, probably the best martial arts actor alive. Jet Li's career has crossed numerous cultural and geographic boundaries, from mainland China to Hong Kong, from Hollywood to France. In Jet Li: Chinese Masculinity and Transnational Film Stardom, Sabrina Qiong Yu uses Li as an example to address some intriguing but under-examined issues surrounding transnational stardom in general and transnational kung fu stardom in particular.

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Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Jet Li and Transnational Kung Fu Stardom
Part One - Jet Li as Chinese Wuxia Hero
Chapter 1 Jet Li and the New Wuxia Cinema in the 1990s
Chapter 2 Kung Fu Master: Martial Arts and Acting in Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Chapter 3 Gay lover? Gender Trouble and Male Identification in Swordsman 2 (1992)
Chapter 4 Mother’s Boy: Adolescent Hero and Male Masquerade in Fong Sai-yuk (1993
Part Two - Jet Li as Transnational Kung Fu Star
Chapter 5 Villain/Killer/Child: Crossover Images and Orientalist Imagination
Chapter 6 Asexual Romeo? Male Sexuality and Cultural Perspective
Chapter 7 National Hero/Spectacular Body: National and Transnational Identities
Chapter 8 Borderless Icon: Star Construction and Internet Fandom
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Dr Sabrina Qiong Yu is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Film at Newcastle University.