Units of Study

CHNS3639 - Chinese Cinema

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Xiaohuan Zhao
Phone: +61 2 9351 3555
Email: xiaohuan.zhao@sydney.edu.au


This unit introduces students to the cinema of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We will view representative films of different periods and different regions, and read them within their historical and cultural context. We will explore how these films blend "traditional Chinese" and local elements -- plots, symbols, sound, music, performance styles and others -- with "modern" and "global" devices. We will also examine how Chinese cinema thus creates new definitions of Chinese identity and modernity.


classwork (10%), oral presentation plus written report of 500wds (30%), 1x1hr in-class test (20%), 1x2000wd essay (40%)


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week and 2-3 hours film screening


12 credit points from Table A of the Table of Units of Study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

No knowledge of the Chinese language or cinema is required.

Please Note: This timetable is a draft timetable and subject to change.


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