CHIN 108. The Remaking of Cinematic China: Zhang Yimou, Wong Kar-wai, and Ang Lee
The seminar focuses on three leading filmmakers, Zhang Yimou, Wong Kar-wai, and Ang Lee, and their cinematic products, which have not only won international praises but also fundamentally reconstructed the national/regional cinemas and tremendously challenged the international film industry. Through Zhang’s magic lens, Wong’s avant-garde imagination, and Lee’s transnational vision, their bold cinematic reconfigurations have been speeding up the transformation of Chinese cinema, and at the same time China itself has been represented in a new light on the world stage. The seminar will explore their impact on the formation of the new wave of Chinese-language films after the mid-1980s and its recent new developments. More importantly, we will cultivate our critical thinking skills and research abilities; and train our eyes to able to read cinematic messages and decode cinematographic patterns.
All discussions will be conducted in English, and all films have English subtitles and readings are in English. Knowledge of China and basic film theory are preferred, but not required.
Eligible for ASIA
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: Chinese
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/chinese
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