Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

This book focuses on the rapidly growing economic and political influence that China has in Africa.

Author: Kweku Ampiah

Publisher: University of Natal Press

ISBN: UOM:39015082646897

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 357

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This book focuses on the rapidly growing economic and political influence that China has in Africa. Cutting-edge contributions from sixteen pan-African authors provide an historical and geo-political context for understanding the evolving partnership between Africa and China. The book features nine detailed country case studies and assesses China's Africa policy and interests in relation to those of other powers. It broadens the debate on this crucial topic and ensures that African voices enrich a discourse that could well determine the future of the continent.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

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Author: Wang Du Lu

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349140933

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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When master warrior Shulien learns of the death of her family's patron, she abandons retirement and returns to the capital to protect Green Legend, a sword renowned for its historic triumphs. But much has happened in the years she has been in seclusion, and she finds herself beset on all sides with hidden enemies, and the tragic past which she had hoped to forget returns to haunts her. In her hour of need arrives a beautiful young warrior, Snow Vase, who is seeking a master. But the new apprentice is not all that she seems. When she falls in love with the bandit Wei-fang, a secret is revealed that makes all of them question who is friend and who is foe. In an age of thwarted love, can these two youths find happiness? Based on the original novels by Wang Du Lu, this is a beautiful love story set in the fading years of nineteenth century Imperial China.

Films Set in the Qing Dynasty

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ISBN: 1233136321


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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (films not included). Pages: 27. Chapters: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Last Emperor, Fearless, The Warlords, Bodyguards and Assassins, 55 Days at Peking, True Legend, Seven Swords, Fong Sai-yuk, Fong Sai-yuk II, The Opium War, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, 18 Bronzemen, Emperor and His Brother, 1911, The Romance of Book and Sword, Princess Fragrance, Royal Tramp, The Sino-Dutch War 1661, Royal Tramp II, Legend of the Fox, A Chinese Torture Chamber Story, New Tales of the Flying Fox, The Book and the Sword, The Empress Dowager, The Sword of Many Lovers, Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch, Hero - Beyond the Boundary of Time. Excerpt: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. A Taiwanese-Chinese-Hong Kong-American co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of ethnic Chinese actors, including Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, and Chang Chen. The film was based on the fourth novel in a pentalogy, known in China as the Crane Iron Pentalogy, by wuxia novelist Wang Dulu. The martial arts and action sequences were choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping. Made on a mere US$15 million budget, with dialogue in Mandarin, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became a surprise international success. After its U.S. premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival, it grossed US$128 million in the United States and $213.5 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing foreign-language film in American history. It has won over 40 awards. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (Taiwan) and three other Academy Awards, and was nominated for six other Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film also won three BAFTAs and two Golden Globes, one for "Best Foreign Film" as well as additional nominations for ten BAFTAs including "Best Picture." The film is set in the Qing Dy...

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

After Li Mu Bai said good-bye to Yu Shu Lien, he headed straight for Beijing. However on his way he met the raider leader, Phoenix Wei. They decided to have a duel.

Author: Andy Seto


ISBN: 1588991768

Category: Wo hu cang long (Motion picture)

Page: 102

View: 924


After Li Mu Bai said good-bye to Yu Shu Lien, he headed straight for Beijing. However on his way he met the raider leader, Phoenix Wei. They decided to have a duel.

Reading Chinese Transnationalisms

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon : ( Re ) packaging Chinas and Selling the
Hybridized Culture in an Age of Transnationalism Jennifer W . Jay In 2001 ,
numerous international awards garnered by Ang Lee ' s Crouching Tiger Hidden
Dragon ...

Author: Maria N. Ng

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9622097960

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 751


Reading Chinese Transnationalisms responds to the growing interest in transnational cultural studies by examining Chinese transnationalism from a variety of perspectives. In interrogating social practices and literary and filmic texts which frequently cross national borders in imagining Chineseness, the contributors to this volume also challenge received notions of Chinese transnationalism, opening up new perspectives on the topic. The structure of the book is clearly subdivided into sections on society, literature, and films for quick reference, and each essay is written in accessible language without sacrificing intellectual rigor and critical relevance. The international list of contributors and the wide-ranging subjects they address make Reading Chinese Transnationalisms a unique work in its field. This volume will appeal to all with an interest in Chinese transnationalism, and in particular those who come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in the humanities and social science.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger , Hidden Dragon : For those familiar with the Chinese characters
, the link between the film ' s title and the story line is graphically clearJen has the
word for " dragon " embedded in her name , while Lo , her lover , is the tiger .

Author: Ang Lee

Publisher: Newmarket Press

ISBN: 1557044597

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

View: 537


The winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Foreign-Language Film, Art Direction, Cinematography, and Original Music. To coincide with the Sony Pictures Classics release—this elegantly illustrated moviebook captures the beauty, spirit, and extraordinary talents behind what TimeAsia heralded as an "instant classic...a rule-bending master-piece that weds martial arts with sense and sensibility." The latest film from Sense and Sensibility director is an epic love story and a thrilling action drama set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, filmed entirely on location. Based on a five-volume Chinese novel by Wang Du Lu, the project was scripted by Wang Hui Ling (Eat Drink Man Woman), James Schamus (The Ice Storm), and Tsai Kuo Jung. Marking Ang Lee's first Chinese-language feature since 1994, the film is punctuated by beautifully choreographed fight scenes and dazzling stunts masterminded by Yuen Wo-Ping, who worked on The Matrix. The actors include the two most popular Asian actors in the world, Chow Yun Fat (Anna and the King, The Replacement Killers) and Michelle Yeoh (Supercop, Tomorrow Never Dies). The Newmarket book includes the screenplay, stunning full-color photographs before and behind the cameras, interviews and notes with filmmakers, features on the history and tradition of martial arts storytelling and filmmaking, and articles by Time's Richard Corliss and world renowned film scholar David Bordwell.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Author: Valerie Cerra

Publisher: International Monetary Fund

ISBN: UCSD:31822030952618

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 32

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One of the most significant recent developments in world trade has been the entry of China into the World Trade Organization (WTO). This paper examines the implications of China's WTO accession for India's trade, using both econometrics and computable general equilibrium (CGE) models. The paper analyzes how India stands to lose or gain from China's WTO entry in terms of both the direct and competitive channels.

Ang Lee

Movie): Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Cinema Journal 43, no. 4 (
July 2004): 3–17. “Chasing the Dragon.” Film Review, no. 600 (December 2000):
60–61. “Chinese Whispers.” Film Review, no. 33 (December 2000): 58–61.

Author: Karla Rae Fuller

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781626745797

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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Taiwanese born, Ang Lee (b. 1954) has produced diverse films in his award-winning body of work. Sometimes working in the West, sometimes in the East, he creates films that defy easy categorization and continue to amaze audiences worldwide. Lee has won an Academy Award two times for Best Director--the first Asian to win--for films as different as a small drama about gay cowboys in Brokeback Mountain (2005), and the 3D technical wizardry in Life of Pi (2012). He has garnered numerous accolades and awards worldwide. Lee has made a broad range of movies, including his so-called "Father Knows Best" trilogy made up of his first three films: Pushing Hands (1992), The Wedding Banquet (1993), and Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), as well as 1970s period drama The Ice Storm (1997), martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), superhero blockbuster Hulk (2003), and hippie retro trip Taking Woodstock (2009). Thoughtful and passionate, Ang Lee humbly reveals here a personal journey that brought him from Taiwan to his chosen home in the United States as he struggled and ultimately triumphed in his quest to become a superb filmmaker. Ang Lee: Interviews collects the best interviews of this reticent yet bold figure.

The Martial Arts Cinema of the Chinese Diaspora

In the context of global Hollywood, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has kept
alive the vibrant, sumptuous martial arts spectacle that Hollywood has not fully
developed. Hollywood reasserts a familiar teleological narrative of globalization
and ...

Author: Kin-Yan Szeto

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809386208

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 171

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In The Martial Arts Cinema of the Chinese Diaspora, Kin-Yan Szeto critically examines three of the most internationally famous martial arts film artists to arise out of the Chinese diaspora and travel far from their homelands to find commercial success in the world at large: Ang Lee, John Woo, and Jackie Chan. Positing the idea that these filmmakers' success is evidence of a "cosmopolitical awareness" arising from their cross-cultural ideological engagements and geopolitical displacements, Szeto demonstrates how this unique perspective allows these three filmmakers to develop and act in the transnational environment of media production, distribution, and consumption. Beginning with a historical retrospective on Chinese martial arts films as a diasporic film genre and the transnational styles and ideologies of the filmmakers themselves, Szeto uses case studies to explore in depth how the forces of colonialism, Chinese nationalism, and Western imperialism shaped the identities and work of Lee, Woo, and Chan. Addressed in the volume is the groundbreaking martial arts swordplay film that achieves global success-Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon- and its revelations about Hollywood representations of Asians, as well as concepts of male and female masculinity in the swordplay film tradition. Also investigated is the invigoration of contemporary gangster, thriller, and war films by John Woo, whose combination of artistic and historical contexts has contributed to his global success. Szeto then dissects Chan's mimetic representation of masculinity in his films, and the influences of his Chinese theater and martial arts training on his work. Szeto outlines the similarities and differences between the three artists' films, especially their treatments of gender, sexuality, and power. She concludes by analyzing their films as metaphors for their working conditions in the Chinese diaspora and Hollywood, and demonstrating how through their works, Lee, Woo, and Chan communicate not only with the rest of the world but also with each other. Far from a book simply about three filmmakers, The Martial Arts Cinema of the Chinese Diaspora investigates the transnational nature of films, the geopolitics of culture and race, and the depths of masculinity and power in movies. Szeto's interdisciplinary approach calls for nothing less than a paradigm shift in the study of Chinese diasporic filmmakers and the embodiment of cosmopolitical perspectives in the martial arts genre.

The Cinema of Ang Lee

[In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon] my team and I chose the most populist, if not
popular, genre in film history—the Hong Kong martial arts film—to tell our story,
and we used this pop genre almost as a kind of instrument to explore the legacy ...

Author: Whitney Crothers Dilley

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231538497

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Born in Taiwan, Ang Lee is one of cinema's most versatile and daring directors. His ability to cut across cultural, national, and sexual boundaries has given him recognition in all corners of the world, the ability to work with complete artistic freedom whether inside or outside of Hollywood, and two Academy Awards for Best Director. He has won astounding critical acclaim for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), which transformed the status of martial arts films across the globe, Brokeback Mountain (2005), which challenged the reception and presentation of homosexuality in mainstream cinema, and Life of Pi (2012), Lee's first use of groundbreaking 3D technology and his first foray into complex spiritual themes. In this volume, the only full-length study of Lee's work, Whitney Crothers Dilley analyzes all of his career to date: Lee's early Chinese trilogy films (including The Wedding Banquet, 1993, and Eat Drink Man Woman, 1994), period drama (Sense and Sensibility, 1995), martial arts (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000), blockbusters (Hulk, 2003), and intimate portraits of wartime psychology, from the Confederate side of the Civil War (Ride with the Devil, 1999) to Japanese-occupied Shanghai (Lust/Caution, 2007). Dilley examines Lee's favored themes such as father/son relationships and intergenerational conflict in The Ice Storm (1997) and Taking Woodstock (2009). By looking at the beginnings of Lee's career, Dilley positions the filmmaker's work within the roots of the Taiwan New Cinema movement, as well as the larger context of world cinema. Using suggestive readings of both gender and identity, this new study not only provides a valuable academic resource but also an enjoyable read that uncovers the enormous appeal of this acclaimed director.

Embodied Modernities

Dulu's. Crouching. Tiger,. Hidden. Dragon. TZE-LAN D. SANG For fifty years
Wang Dulu (1909–1977) was forgotten by ... readers had Ang Lee not recently
madea film adaptationof Wang's CrouchingTiger, HiddenDragon (Wo hu cang
long; ...

Author: Fran Martin

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824829636

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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From feminist philosophy to genetic science, scholarship in recent years has succeeded in challenging many entrenched assumptions about the material and biological status of human bodies. Likewise in the study of Chinese cultures, accelerating globalization and the resultant hybridity have called into question previous assumptions about the boundaries of Chinese national and ethnic identity. The problem of identifying a single or definitive referent for the "Chinese body" is thornier than ever. By facilitating fresh dialogue between fields as diverse as the history of science, literary studies, diaspora studies, cultural anthropology, and contemporary Chinese film and cultural studies, Embodied Modernities addresses contemporary Chinese embodiments as they are represented textually and as part of everyday life practices. The book is divided into two sections, each with a dedicated introduction by the editors. The first examines "Thresholds of Modernity" in chapters on Chinese body cultures in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a period of intensive cultural, political, and social modernization that led to a series of radical transformations in how bodies were understood and represented.The second section on "Contemporary Embodiments" explores body representations across the People’s Republic of China,Taiwan, and Hong Kong today. Contributors: Chris Berry, Louise Edwards, Maram Epstein, Larissa Heinrich, Olivia Khoo, Fran Martin, Jami Proctor-Xu, Tze-lan D. Sang, Teri Silvio, Mark Stevenson, Cuncun Wu, Angela Zito, John Zou.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 3

Taking place several years before the blockbuster movie of the same name and chronicling the events beyond the film, follows Yu Shu Lien and Li Mu Bai who test each other's kung fu abilities.

Author: Andy Seto

Publisher: Hk Comics

ISBN: 9889797291

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 128

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Taking place several years before the blockbuster movie of the same name and chronicling the events beyond the film, follows Yu Shu Lien and Li Mu Bai who test each other's kung fu abilities.

Adapted for the Screen

of Ang Lee's blockbuster Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) are always
intrigued by the last scene in which Jen (Zhang Ziyi) leaps off the bridge for no
obvious reason. It is not easy to decide whether this is a suicidal act, an attempt
to ...

Author: Hsiu-Chuang Deppman

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824833732

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Hsiu-Chang Deppman puts landmark contemporary Chinese films in the context of their literary origins & explores how the best Chinese directors adapt fictional narratives & styles for film.

The Philosophy of Ang Lee

The Role of Sense and Sensibility in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility and
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Renée Ko'hler-Ryan and Sydney Palmer When
it comes to emotions, even great heroes can be idiots. —Sir Te, Crouching Tiger,

Author: Robert Arp

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813141664

Category: Philosophy

Page: 303

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Ang Lee (b. 1954) has emerged as one of cinema's most versatile, critically acclaimed, and popular directors. Known for his ability to transcend cultural and stylistic boundaries, Lee has built a diverse oeuvre that includes films about culture clashes and globalization (Eat Drink Man Woman, 1994, and The Wedding Banquet, 1993), a period drama (Sense and Sensibility, 1995), a martial arts epic (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000), a comic book action movie (Hulk, 2003), and an American western (Brokeback Mountain, 2005). The Philosophy of Ang Lee draws from both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions to examine the director's works. The first section focuses on Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist themes in his Chinese-language films, and the second examines Western philosophies in his English-language films; but the volume ultimately explores how Lee negotiates all of these traditions, strategically selecting from each in order to creatively address key issues. With interest in this filmmaker and his work increasing around the release of his 3-D magical adventure The Life of Pi (2012), The Philosophy of Ang Lee serves as a timely investigation of the groundbreaking auteur and the many complex philosophical themes that he explores through the medium of motion pictures.

Taiwan Film Directors

Ang Lee and James Schamus, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Portrait of the
Ang Lee Film (New York: Newmarket, 20oo), 7, quoted in Chia-chi Wu, “
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is not a Chinese Film,” Spectator: USC Journal
of Film ...

Author: Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231502993

Category: History

Page: 312

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Focusing on the work of four contemporary filmmakers—Ang Lee, Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Tsai Ming-liang—the authors explore how these filmmakers broke from tradition, creating a cinema that is both personal and insistent on examining Taiwan's complex history. Featuring stills, anecdotes, and close readings of films, the authors consider the influence of Hong Kong and martial arts films, directors' experiments with autobiography, the shifting fortunes of the Taiwanese film industry, and Taiwan cinema in the context of international cinema's aesthetics and business practices.

Nobody s Perfect

he opening fifteen minutes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are difficult and
tense. It is safe to say that the director, Ang Lee, is starting off in crouch mode.
Everybody seems to be waiting for something to happen. We are in a large house
, ...

Author: Anthony Lane

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307488879

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 784

View: 225


Anthony Lane on Con Air— “Advance word on Con Air said that it was all about an airplane with an unusually dangerous and potentially lethal load. Big deal. You should try the lunches they serve out of Newark. Compared with the chicken napalm I ate on my last flight, the men in Con Air are about as dangerous as balloons.” Anthony Lane on The Bridges of Madison County— “I got my copy at the airport, behind a guy who was buying Playboy’s Book of Lingerie, and I think he had the better deal. He certainly looked happy with his purchase, whereas I had to ask for a paper bag.” Anthony Lane on Martha Stewart— “Super-skilled, free of fear, the last word in human efficiency, Martha Stewart is the woman who convinced a million Americans that they have the time, the means, the right, and—damn it—the duty to pipe a little squirt of soft cheese into the middle of a snow pea, and to continue piping until there are ‘fifty to sixty’ stuffed peas raring to go.” For ten years, Anthony Lane has delighted New Yorker readers with his film reviews, book reviews, and profiles that range from Buster Keaton to Vladimir Nabokov to Ernest Shackleton. Nobody’s Perfect is an unforgettable collection of Lane’s trademark wit, satire, and insight that will satisfy both the long addicted and the not so familiar.

Cinemas of the World

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a self-conscious aestheticization of the genre:
the fight choreography has a balletic quality as the protagonists glide up walls
and across rooftops with a grace that would not ashame Astaire and Rogers.

Author: James Chapman

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861895745

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

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The cinema has been the pre-eminent popular art form of the 20th century. In Cinemas of the World, James Chapman examines the relationship between film and society in the modern world: film as entertainment medium, film as a reflection of national cultures and preoccupations, film as an instrument of propaganda. He also explores two interrelated issues that have recurred throughout the history of cinema: the economic and cultural hegemony of Hollywood on the one hand, and, on the other, the attempts of film-makers elsewhere to establish indigenous national cinemas drawing on their own cultures and societies. Chapman examines the rise to dominance of Hollywood cinema in the silent and early sound periods. He discusses the characteristic themes of American movies from the Depression to the end of the Cold War especially those found in the western and film noir – genres that are often used as vehicles for exploring issues central to us society and politics. He looks at national cinemas in various European countries in the period between the end of the First World War and the end of the Second, which all exhibit the formal and aesthetic properties of modernism. The emergence of the so-called "new cinemas" of Europe and the wider world since 1960 are also explored. "Chapman is a tough-thinking, original writer . . . an engaging, excellent piece of work."—David Lancaster, Film and History

Hollywood s Indies

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was produced by well-known independent film
packager, producer and occasional distributor Good Machine, with whom SPC
had longstanding ties, having released a number of its past productions,
including ...

Author: Yannis Tzioumakis

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748664535

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 566


Hollywood's Indies offers an in depth examination of the phenomenon of the classics divisions by tracing its history since the establishment of the first specialty label in 1980.


Zhang Yimou's Hero [Yingxiong] (2002) and Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon [Wo hu cang long] (2000) also address the grand issue of world order in
terms of the problems of war and peace, identity, and difference. These two films

Author: William A. Callahan

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191609503

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 257


The rise of China presents a long-term challenge to the world not only economically, but politically and culturally. Callahan meets this challenge in China: The Pessoptimist Nation by using new Chinese sources and innovative analysis to see how Chinese people understand their new place in the world. To chart the trajectory of its rise, the book shifts from examining China's national interests to exploring its national aesthetic. Rather than answering the standard social science question "what is China?" with statistics of economic and military power, this book asks "when, where, and who is China?" to explore the soft power dynamics of China's identity politics. China: The Pessoptimist Nation shows how the heart of Chinese foreign policy is not a security dilemma, but an identity dilemma. Through careful analysis, Callahan charts how Chinese identity emerges through the interplay of positive and negative feelings in a dynamic that intertwines China's domestic and international politics. China thus is the pessoptimist nation where national security is closely linked to nationalist insecurities. Callahan concludes that this interactive view of China's pessoptimist identity means that we need to rethink the role of the state and public opinion in Beijing's foreign policy-making.

Sentimental Fabulations Contemporary Chinese Films

Rick Lyman, “Watching Movies with Ang Lee; Crouching Memory, Hidden Heart,”
“Movies, Performing Arts/Weekend Desk” ... Lee associated this ending with the
ending of his own Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, when Jen Yu (Yu Jiaolong) ...

Author: Rey Chow

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231508193

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 401


What is the sentimental? How can we understand it by way of the visual and narrative modes of signification specific to cinema and through the manners of social interaction and collective imagining specific to a particular culture in transition? What can the sentimental tell us about the precarious foundations of human coexistence in this age of globalization? Rey Chow explores these questions through nine contemporary Chinese directors (Chen Kaige, Wong Kar-wai, Zhang Yimou, Ann Hui, Peter Chan, Wayne Wang, Ang Lee, Li Yang, and Tsai Ming-liang) whose accomplishments have become historic events in world cinema. Approaching their works from multiple perspectives, including the question of origins, nostalgia, the everyday, feminine "psychic interiority," commodification, biopolitics, migration, education, homosexuality, kinship, and incest, and concluding with an account of the Chinese films' epistemic affinity with the Hollywood blockbuster Brokeback Mountain, Chow proposes that the sentimental is a discursive constellation traversing affect, time, identity, and social mores, a constellation whose contours tends to morph under different historical circumstances and in different genres and media. In contemporary Chinese films, she argues, the sentimental consistently takes the form not of revolution but of compromise, not of radical departure but of moderation, endurance, and accommodation. By naming these films sentimental fabulations screen artifacts of cultural becoming with irreducible aesthetic, conceptual, and speculative logics of their own Chow presents Chinese cinema first and foremost as an invitation to the pleasures and challenges of critical thinking.