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Hong Kong puzzle films : the persistence of tradition. / Bettinson, Gary John.

The Poetics of Chinese Cinema. ed. / Gary Bettinson; James Udden. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. p. 119-145 (East Asian Popular Culture).

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Bettinson, GJ 2016, Hong Kong puzzle films: the persistence of tradition. in G Bettinson & J Udden (eds), The Poetics of Chinese Cinema. East Asian Popular Culture, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 119-145. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-55309-6_7

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Bettinson, G. J. (2016). Hong Kong puzzle films: the persistence of tradition. In G. Bettinson, & J. Udden (Eds.), The Poetics of Chinese Cinema (pp. 119-145). (East Asian Popular Culture). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-55309-6_7

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Bettinson GJ. Hong Kong puzzle films: the persistence of tradition. In Bettinson G, Udden J, editors, The Poetics of Chinese Cinema. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2016. p. 119-145. (East Asian Popular Culture). doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-55309-6_7

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Bettinson, Gary John. / Hong Kong puzzle films : the persistence of tradition. The Poetics of Chinese Cinema. editor / Gary Bettinson ; James Udden. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. pp. 119-145 (East Asian Popular Culture).

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