Chinese Cinema (CHNS3639)


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.

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2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week and 2-3 hours film screening


Classwork (10%), Oral Presentation plus written report of 500wds (30%), 1x1hr in-class test (20%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%)

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Unit of study rules


(12 Senior credit points of Chinese Studies) or (12 Senior credit points of Asian Studies)

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