Sunday, July 24, 2011
A Hero Never Dies Library: The Hong Kong Filmography By John Charles
When I first got into horror movies, the reference book to have was Phil Hardy's Aurum Horror film encyclopedia. John Charles' The Hong Kong Filmography 1977-1997 is every bit the equal of that book, it covers 1100 movies and is THE reference tome for the golden age of Hong Kong cinema. John Charles will be familiar to you if you are a reader of Tim Lucas' Video Watchdog, having contributed to that publication for many years.
Each film covered is given a variable length review, with extensive credits and (understandably out of date) information on the movies availability on home video. While you may not agree with all of Charles' opinions (although I find I am in agreement with many!) as a reference book this is pretty much as close to perfection as will ever be published on the subject. Published by McFarland and available in Hard and paperback editions, The Hong Kong Filmography may not be cheap but it's worth every penny and an absolute must buy for fans of Hong Kong cinema.