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        palace arrival scene from multi-Oscar winner "The Last Emperor" [1987] by Bernardo Bertolucci       filmmakers of Asia

actors & others of Asia

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selected films of Asia
NEW movies & coming soon


This page grew quite large over time, and so the Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan items
were split off in late 2011 to a Cinema of China Page. What remains here include selected all-Asia books,
books & films & personnel of Thailand and Korea and the Philippines, and further Asian content.

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Books  on  Asian  Cinema

Independent Asian Pacific American Media Arts book edited by Russell Leong  "Moving The Image: Independent Asian Pacific American Media Arts, 1970-1990"
[49 essays, 1991]
Edited by Russell Leong

U.C.L.A. Asian American Studies Center Press 10x7¼ pb [2/92] for $19.95
U.C.L.A. Asian American Studies Center 10½x7½ hardcover [2/92] out of print/used
Romance & the Yellow Peril book by Gina Marchetti  "Romance and The 'Yellow Peril': Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies In Hollywood Fiction" [1993]
by Gina Marchetti

Univ CA Press 9x6 pb [2/94] for $24.95
Univ CA Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [5/93] out of print/used
Asian Cult Cinema book by Thomas Weisser  "Asian Cult Cinema" [1997] by Thomas Weisser
reviews & articles from a fanzine; book got mixed reviews on Amazon; Max Allan Collins approves the book - your call
Berkley Trade 9x6 pb [4/97] for $12.60
Asian America Through The Lens book by Jun Xing  "Asian America Through The Lens: History, Representations, and Identities" [1998]
by Jun Xing

Rowan & Littlefield / Altamira 9x6 pb [7/98] for $34.95
Rowan & Littlefield / Altamira 9x6 hardcover [7/98] out of print/used
Asian Americans in Popular Culture book by Robert G. Lee  "Orientals: Asian Americans In Popular Culture" [1999]
by Robert G. Lee

Temple Univ Press 9x6 pb [10/99] for $25.36
Temple Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/99] out of print/used
Countervisions, Asian American Film Criticism book edited by Darrell Y. Hamamoto & Sandra Liu   "Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism" [2000]
Edited by Darrell Y. Hamamoto & Sandra Liu

Temple Univ Press 10x7 pb [9/2000] for $28.75
Temple Univ Press 10¼x7¼ hardcover [9/2000] for $84.50
Screening Asian Americans book by Peter X. Feng  "Screening Asian Americans" [2002]
Edited by Peter X. Feng

Rutgers Univ Press 9x6¼ pb [2/2002] for $21.13
Rutgers Univ Press 9¼x6½ library hardcover [2/2002] for $60.00
Identities In Motion Asian American Film & Video book by Peter X. Feng  "Identities In Motion: Asian American Film and Video" [2002]
by Peter X. Feng

Duke Univ Press 9¼x6¼ pb [7/2002] for $19.39
Duke Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [7/2002] for $84.95
Cinema of Japan & Korea book edited by Justin Bowyer  "The Cinema of Japan and Korea (24 Frames Series)" [2004]
Edited by Justin Bowyer

Wallflower Press 9x7½ pb [9/2004] for $29.50
Wallflower Press 9¼x7½ hardcover [12/2004] for $80.00
New Korean Cinema book edited by Chi-Yun Shin & Julian Stringer  "New Korean Cinema" [2005]
Edited by Chi-Yun Shin & Julian Stringer

N.Y.U. Press 9x6 pb [9/2005] for $19.80
N.Y.U. Press 9¼x6 hardcover [9/2005] out of print/used
Contemporary World Cinema book by Shohini Chaudhuri  "Contemporary World Cinema: Europe, The Middle East, East Asia & South Asia" [2006] by Shohini Chaudhuri
Edinburgh Univ Press 9x6 pb [6/2006] for $30.60
Edinburgh Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [6/2006] out of print/scarce
Korean Cinema book by Anthony Leong  "Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong - A Guideboook For The Latest Korean New Wave" [2006] by Anthony Leong
Trafford Publng 10x7 pb [7/2006] for $24.99
author's website
Asia Shock Horror & Dark Cinema book by Patrick Galloway  "Asia Shock: Horror and Dark Cinema From Japan, Korea, Hong Kong & Thailand"
[2006] by Patrick Galloway

Stone Bridge Press 8¾x7 pb [11/2006] for $13.57
Asian Cinema Field Guide book by Tom Vick  "Asian Cinema: A Field Guide - From Iran To Thailand, India & Japan" [2008]
by Tom Vick

Collins 9x8 pb [1/2008] for $14.18
Tom Vick's blog 'Asian Cinema Plus'
Age of Dreaming novel by Nina Revoyr  "The Age of Dreaming: A Novel" [2008] by Nina Revoyr
Jun Nakayama was a star in the Silent Era who quit his career abruptly and became a recluse; when a journalist tracks him down forty years later, the interviews trigger memories of the joy of acting, the parties and excitement, the mysterious death of his favorite director, subtle and not-so-subtle racism, and secrets that he has kept for decades; while the tale appears to be a roman á clef, reviews suggest a work of deep insight into the human character.
Kindle Edition from Akashic Books [6/2012] for $4.39
Akashic Books 7¾x5 pb [4/2008] for $15.95
East Asian Cinemas book edited by Leon Hunt & Leung Wing-Fai  
"East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections On Film" [2008]
Edited by Leon Hunt & Leung Wing-Fai

I.B. Tauris 9x6 pb [6/2008] for $26.55
I.B. Tauris 9¼x6¼ hardcover [6/2008] for $85.00
Asian Americans and the Media book by Kent A. Ono & Vincent Pham  "Asian Americans and The Media" [2008]
by Kent A. Ono & Vincent Pham

Wiley & Sons/Polity 9½x6¾ pb [11/2008] for $22.23
Wiley & Sons/Polity 10¼x7 hardcover [11/2008] for $58.82
Ghostlife Third Cinema / Asian American Film and Video book by Glen M. Mimura  "Ghostlife of Third Cinema: Asian American Film & Video" [2009]
by Glen M. Mimura

Univ MN Press 9x5¾ pb [3/2009] for $20.25
Univ MN Press hardcover [3/2009] for $67.50
East Asian Cinema & Cultural Heritage book edited by Yau Shuk-ting Kinnia  "East Asian Cinema and Cultural Heritage: From China, Hong Kong, Taiwan To Japan and South Korea" [2011]
Edited by Yau Shuk-ting Kinnia

Palgrave Macmillan 9x5¾ hardcover [9/2011] for $70.31
Korean Cinema of the Global Era book by Kyung Hyun Kim  "Virtual Hallyu: Korean Cinema of The Global Era" [2011]
by Kyung Hyun Kim, Foreword by Martin Scorsese

Duke Univ Press 9x6 pb [10/2011] for $24.95
Duke Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [10/2011] for $89.95
A Kim Jong-Il Production / Extraordinary True Story book by Paul Fischer  "A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of A Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and A Young Dictator's Rise To Power" [2015]
by Paul Fischer

Kindle Edition from Flatiron/Macmillan [2/2015] for $14.99
Flatiron Books 9½x6¼ hardcover [2/2015] for $20.51

"East Asian Screen Industries (Internation... by Emilie William Davis

"Cinema at the City's Edge: Film and Urban Ne... by Yomi Braester

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Foreign Filmmakers   •   Filmmakers of Canada   •   Filmmakers of France
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Asian  Filmmakers

NOTE: Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Language Film are not attributed
by A.M.P.A.S. or IMDb to the director or producer, but to the country of origin.

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Filmmakers of China   •   Filmmakers of Japan

Joon-ho Bong  [South Korea]
IMDb listing

Sang-su Hong  [South Korea]
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Tale of Cinema" hit [2005]

won Best Director Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain" [2005]     Ang Lee  [USA & China]
browse Ang Lee on DVDIMDb listingWikipedia

Cinema of Ang Lee book by Whitney Crothers Dilley  
"The Cinema of Ang Lee: The Other Side of The Screen" [2007]
by Whitney Crothers Dilley

Wallflower Press 9x6½ pb [9/2007] for $22.50
9¼x6¾ hardcover [4/2007] for $80.00

"Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility" [Columbia 1995]

filmmaker  Ratana Pestonji  [1908–70; Thailand]
no browse/Amazon entry • IMDb listingWikipedia

Magic Lantern's
Zhang Yimou  [China] Page

Genres of Asian Cinema

Noir Films of Asia at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

Magic Lantern's Charlie Chan Movies Pages

Magic Lantern's Samurai Films Page

Magic Lantern's 'Zatô-Ichi, The Blind Swordsman' Film Series Page
Magic Lantern's 'Lone Wolf & Cub' Samurai Film Series Page

Hong Kong Martial Arts Movies
Chasing Dragons Introduction to Martial Arts Films book by David West  
"Chasing Dragons: An Introduction To The Martial Arts Film" [2006]
by David West

I.B. Tauris 8½x5½ pb [12/2006] for $14.95

Asian Actors

Foreign Actors   •   Actors of Canada   •   Actors of China
Actors of France   •   Actors of Germany   •   Actors of India   •   Actors of Italy
Actors of Japan   •   Actors of Mexico   •   Actors of Russia   •   Actors of Spain

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Bruce Lee  [1940-73; U.S.A./Hong Kong]
browse Bruce Lee on DVDIMDb listingWikipedia
listed as Amazon bestselling action star in 2008

Bruce Lee Foundation {Flash only}
Bruce Lee fanpage at Academy of Jeet Kune Do in Athens, Greece

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actress-director Hye-sun Ku {or Gu}  [South Korea]
official websiteIMDb listingWikipedia

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actress Doan Ly
credits at IMDb

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Canadian-Korean actress Sandra Oh
official websitecredits at IMDbentry at Wikipedia

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actress Anna May Wong  [USA; 1905-61]
browse Anna May Wong on DVDIMDb listingWikipedia

Anna May Wong bio by Hodges  
"Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter To
Hollywood Legend" [2004]
by Graham Russell Hodges

Palgrave Macmillan 9x6 pb [12/2004] for $13.22
Palgrave Macmillan 9½x6½ hardcover [1/2004] out of print/used

"Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words" documentary [P.B.S. May 2013] /tt2849694/
Written & directed by Yunah Hong; words of Anna May Wong acted & spoken by Doan Ly

Selected  Films  of  Asia
{ in chronological order }

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See also selected films of:   Canada   •   China   •   France   •   Germany
India   •   Italy   •   Japan   •   Mexico   •   Russia   •   Spain

The Slanted Screen documentary film by Jeff Adachi   "The Slanted Screen" [indep 2007]
60-minute documentary that examines the portrayal of Asian men in film & television.
Co-produced, written & directed by Jeff Adachi; featuring director Eric Byler, director Gene Cajayon, producer Terence Chang, playwright Frank Chin, comedian Bobby Lee, Jason Scott Lee, Will Yun Lee, casting director Heidi Levitt, Tzi Ma, actor Mako, Dustin Nguyen, Phillip Rhee, James Shigeta & Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Passion River color DVD [5/2007] for $22.49
available at IndieFlix: on DVD for $9.95, as 30-day webstream for $4.95
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

Chinese In American Feature Films documentary film written & directed by Arthur Dong  "Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese In American Feature Films" documentary [DeepFocus May 2008]
A captivating look at cinema history and the Asian faces that have graced the silver screen, from the silent era to the current new wave of Asian American cinema. Written & directed by Arthur Dong
video/DVD not yet available • full credits from IMDbofficial movie site

won Oscar for Best Picture   David Lean won Oscar for Best Director   won Oscar for Best Script Adaptation   Alec Guinness won Oscar for Best Actor   won Oscar for Best Cinematography   won Oscar for Best Editing    won Oscar for Best Music Score
"The Bridge On The River Kwai" [Columbia Dec 1957]
Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster  British soldiers imprisoned by the Japanese are ordered to work on construction of the Burma-Siam railway. Directed by David Lean; based on the novel by Pierre Boulle; starring William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness & Sessue Hayakawa; won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script Adaptation, Best Actor (AG), Best Cinema- tography, Best Film Editing & Best Music Score, won DGA & 4 BAFTA Awards
Sony widescreen color DVD [11/2000] for $14.49
Sony widescreen color Limited Edition DVD [11/2000] 2 disks for $34.99
Sony widescreen color VHS [4/97] out of prodn/used
Sony color VHS [7/94] out of prodn/many used
Sony soundtrack CD [3/95] out of [prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" red poster from Amazon for $9.99
11"x17" yellow poster from Amazon for $9.99
11"x17" white poster from Amazon for $9.99
Bridge Over The River Kwai novel  
"The Bridge Over The River Kwai" [1952]
by Pierre Boulle [1912-94]

Presidio Press 8½x5½ pb [8/2007] for $10.17
Bantam mass pb [9/84] out of print/used
Amereon 8¾x5¾ hardcover [7/88] for $21.51

"The Silk Road" [China/Japan 1980]
The Silk Road TV series  An East-to-West exploration of the 'Silk Road' overland & sea trade routes connecting China, India and Europe, which lasted from 300 B.C.E. to 1400 C.E. The 12-episode Part I covers sea routes and the land routes as far as the Pamir Mountains. The later 18-episode Part II covers the rest toward Ancient Rome.
Narrated by Kôji Ishizaka, music by Kitarô (which made him a major star)
Central Park Media color DVD set [7/2002] out of prodn/rare {high-priced)
Central Park Media color VHS set [7/2002] 6 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
"The Silk Road Part II" [China/Japan 1988?]
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • not listed on IMDb
soundtrack music for 'Silk Road' composed by Kitaro, volume 1  
soundtrack music for 'Silk Road' composed by Kitaro, volume 2  
soundtrack music for 'Silk Road' composed by Kitaro, volume 3  
soundtrack music for "Silk Road" composed by Kitaro [1980]
"Silk Road, Volume 1" [1980]
Domo Records soundtrack CD [10/96] 12 tracks - out of prodn/used
New World Music soundtrack CD [7/2002] for $13.21
Pony Canyon soundtrack CD [9/2002] 12 tracks for $27.58
"Silk Road, Volume 2" [1980]
New World Music soundtrack CD [7/2002] 10 tracks for $11.99
Pony Canyon soundtrack CD [9/2002] 10 tracks - out of prodn/used
"Silk Road, Volume 3: Tun Huang" [1981]
Polydor soundtrack CD [undated] out of prodn/scarce
"Silk Road by Kitaro" DVD set [1992]
Kuckuck Records soundtrack CD [11/92] 22 tracks on 2 disks - out of prodn/used
"Silk Road Suite" [1992] performed by the London Symphony Orchestra
Kuckuck Records soundtrack CD [11/92] 15 tracks - out of prodn/used
Domo Records soundtrack CD [10/96] 15 tracks - out of prodn/used
"Best of Silk Road" [2003]
D.B.N. Records soundtrack CD [2/2006] 11 tracks for $12.39
Domo Records soundtrack CD [2/2003] 11 tracks for $15.98
"Silk Road Tenjiku" digitally remastered soundtrack album [2005]
3D Records soundtrack CD [1/2005] 8 tracks for $38.34

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" [China 2000]
aka "Wo hu cang long'
full credits from IMDb

"Tears  of  The  Black  Tiger" aka "Fah talai jone"
[Thailand 2000, U.S.A. June 2001]
Tears of the Black Tiger poster  A love story in the surreal context of Thai cowboys, with wild neon color schemes and campy violence. Original US release botched by Miramax, re-released in 2007 by Magnolia
Written & directed by Wisit Sasanatieng; starring Chartchai Ngamsan, Stella Malucchi, Supakorn Kitsuwon, Arawat Ruangvuth, Sombat Metanee & Pairoj Jaisingha
Magnolia color DVD [4/2007] for $24.29
full credits from IMDb
movie entry at Wikipedia

"Take Care of My Cat"
aka "Goyangileul Butaghae"
[Korea Oct 2001, USA Oct 2002]
Korean-language poster for "Goyangileul Butaghae" [2001], USA title "Take Care of My Cat"  Five girls in Icheon try to stay close after high school, but then one of them gets a job in Seoul ...
Written & directed by Jae-eun Jeong; starring Du-na Bae, Yu-won Lee, Ji-young Ok, Eung-sil Lee, Eung-ju Lee, Jung-Hee Moon & Tae-kyung Oh
Kino Intl. subtitled widescreen color DVD [7/2004] for $26.99
Kino Intl. subtitled color VHS [7/2004] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbofficial U.S.A. movie site

"A Bittersweet Life" [South Korea 2005]
Gangster film written & directed by Kim Ji-woon that premiered at Cannes & received rave reviews around the world • full credits from IMDb

remake "Awarapan" [India 2007]
Directed by Mohit Suri • full credits from IMDb

Announced 9/2012: Allen Hughes will direct an American remake from a script by Anthony Beckham for Fox/New Regency

"The Good,  The Bad,  The Weird"
[South Korea July 2008, IFC Films USA April 2010]
The Good, The Bad, The Weird 2008 movie from South Korea  The director calls it a 'kim-chee Western' (after Korea's national dish). In 1930s Manchuria, a hired killer is sent to steal a map from Japanese officials traveling by train; a thief steals the map; a bounty hunter arrives at the scene of the train wreck, but the thief escapes, so the killer chases after the thief and the bounty hunter chases the killer. Co-written & directed by Jee-Woon Kim; starring Byung-hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung & Kang-ho Song
M.P.I. Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray with subtitles [8/2010] for $11.49
M.P.I. Home Video widescreen color DVD with subtitles [8/2010] for $13.99
full credits at IMDbJapanese-language official movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives"
[Thailand June 2010, Strand Releasing USA March 2011]
Singapore poster for "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" 2010 movie from Thailand   Begun from a 1983 book about a Northern Thai peasant who claimed to recall past lives, the project morphed into an exercise about the death of film itself (as opposed to digital), bringing in elements from old movies, comic books, and Thai television. The actual story is a surreal mix of Boonmee's past memories and regrets, and visits from the ghost of his wife, and by his lost son in non-human form. Co-produced, written & directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul; won Palme D'or at Cannes Festival • full credits at IMDb

"The Thieves" [South Korea Summer 2012, Well Go USA Oct 2012]
Heist film by Dong-hoon Choi that is the highest-grossing film in the country’s history • full credits from IMDb

"Pieta" [South Korea 2012, Drafthouse Films USA 2013]
Written & directed by Ki-Duk Kim; South Korea’s official entry to the 2013 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film;
won 4 awards at Venice Film Festival • full credits from IMDb

"The Missing Picture (L'Image Manquante)"
[festival circuit 2013, Strand USA March 2014]
'The Missing Picture' documentary about Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia in the 1970s  Filmmaker Panh uses intricately detailed clay figurines intercut with rare archival footage – from the years 1975 to 1979 when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia – to relay what is indelibly recorded in his memory, creating the 'missing pictures' of what does not exist in photograph or film. Written & directed by Rithy Panh; sculpture by sarith Mang; commentary by Christophe Bataille; narrated by Randal Douc & Jean-Baptiste Phou; film won awards at Cannes, Cinemanila, Istanbul, Jerusalem & Ghent film festivals, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar
Strand Releasing widescreen color DVD [6/2014] for $19.75
full credits at IMDb

"My Love, Don't Cross That River" documentary
[South Korea Nov 2014, USA June 2016]
My Love, Don't Cross That River documentary from Korea  A couple who have lived together for 76 years face their last moments together; through word of mouth, the film became the most commercially successful Korean documentary/independent film of all time.
Directed by Mo-young Jin; starring Byeong-man Jo & Kang Gye-Yeol
Film Movement widescreen color DVD [DUE Nov 2016] PRE-ORDER for $24.95
credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailers at YouTube: 3/2015 English trailer [3:23]3/2016 Japanese trailer [1:56]

"Train To Busan"  [Korea July 2016]
'Train To Busan' Korean zombie movie poster  A virus is turning residents of Seoul, Korea into zombies; several families attempt to survive by escaping on the train to Busan; production budget $8.5M, worldwide box office $100M by September 2016
Written & directed by Sang-ho Yeon; starring Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim, Yu-mi Jeong, Dong-seok Ma, Woo-sik Choi, Ahn So-hee, Eui-sung Kim
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 7/2016 official trailers at YouTube: trailer #1 [2:08]trailer #2 with more action [2:28]

"Becoming Who I Was"  [South Korea 2017?]  7/2016
'Becoming Who I Was' Buddhist movie by Chang-Yong Moon of South Korea  Announced 2/2017: Marc Schiller’s Bond/360 acquired the exclusive U.S. & Canadian rights to Chang-Yong Moon’s Buddhist documentary film, which was made over an 8-year period. Angdu/Ang-ttu, the reincarnation of a Tibetan high monk who lived 1,500 years ago, was born in a secluded village in Tibet. A poor aged monk of a small temple is willing to make Angdu his disciple, but they face a tough and hopeless reality, much harsher than ordinary monks.
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • not yet listed at IMDb
watch 11/2014 official trailer without sound [3:36] online at YouTube

Asian  Cinema  Links
Foreign Films [dot] com
Complete Index To World Film
Asian-American Racist Stereotypes in Media
Kung Fu Cinema fansite: screen fighting news & reviews [est. 2001] Korean Movie & Drama Database

International Woman's Film Festival [April 2012 = #14] in Seoul, Korea         Korea Green Foundation's Green Film Festival in Seoul [May 2012 = #9] in South Korea         Asiana Intl. Short Film Festival [Nov 2012 = #10] in Seoul, Korea

South Korean Film Council [est. 1973] 'Film Biz Zone'

Sinema Singapore: Asian, Independent, Social [est. 2008]

Thailand Ministry of Culture / Office of Contemporary Art & Culture
All About Thai Cinema website: {Thai alphabet} or {English}
Santa Intl. Film Productions Co. [est. 1950] in Bangkok, Thailand

World Film Festival of Bangkok, Thailand [#6 = Oct 2008]

Yahoo! China Movies
Yahoo! Hong Kong Movies
Hong Kong Cinemagic website
Magic Lantern's Box Office Hits Pages / China Section

Chinese Movie Database (English or Chinese)

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