Melodrama and Asian Cinema

ceptual clarification , we need to constantly keep in mind that melodrama in Asia connotes different sets of associations ... A study of melodrama in relation to Asian cinema enables us to understand better the dynamics of modernization ...

Author: Adjunct Fellow East-West Center Hawaii Scholar in Residence Wimal Dissanayake

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521414654

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 300

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This unique study examines the importance of melodrama in the film traditions of Japan, India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia.

Queer Asian Cinema

Recently , a similar ( and similarly complex ) type has also begun to circulate through East Asian films . Unlike the roles played by most of the actors Dyer cites , it is usually clear that these sad young men are gay .

Author: Andrew Grossman

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781560231394

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 346

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This unique book presents multiple points of view on the portrayal of gay, lesbian, and transgendered people in film throughout Asia. From the subversive sadomasochism of Japan's "pink films" to the hard-boiled world of Hong Kong's gangster movies, Queer Asian Cinema analyzes and discusses attitudes toward homosexuality in the full spectrum of Asian film. in addition, it reveals the hidden homoerotic subtext of otherwise conventional films. Queer Asian Cinema brings together experts in both film-making and movie criticism, providing a balanced viewpoint to unite the worlds of academic and popular perceptions on this largely neglected area of cinematic discourse.

Malaysian Cinema Asian Film

The second example relates to Asian cinema , a category that has tempted some to tentatively propose a similar overarching homogeneity to that of Gabriel's , e.g. Donald Richie's ' Narrative Traditions : East and West ' ( Richie ...

Author: William Van der Heide

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789053565803

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 306

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Annotation Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.

The Asian Cinema Experience

In engaging with Asian cinema as an emerging phenomenon, National Cinema as a conceptual force is therefore still a power to contend with, and it will probably be the paradigm that remains operational in the event that Asian Cinema ...

Author: Stephen Teo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136296085

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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This book explores the range and dynamism of contemporary Asian cinemas, covering East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia), South Asia (Bollywood), and West Asia (Iran), in order to discover what is common about them and to engender a theory or concept of "Asian Cinema". It goes beyond existing work which provides a field survey of Asian cinema, probing more deeply into the field of Asian Cinema, arguing that Asian Cinema constitutes a separate pedagogical subject, and putting forward an alternative cinematic paradigm. The book covers "styles", including the works of classical Asian Cinema masters, and specific genres such as horror films, and Bollywood and Anime, two very popular modes of Asian Cinema; "spaces", including artistic use of space and perspective in Chinese cinema, geographic and personal space in Iranian cinema, the private "erotic space" of films from South Korea and Thailand, and the persistence of the family unit in the urban spaces of Asian big cities in many Asian films; and "concepts" such as Pan-Asianism, Orientalism, Nationalism and Third Cinema. The rise of Asian nations on the world stage has been coupled with a growing interest, both inside and outside Asia, of Asian culture, of which film is increasingly an indispensable component – this book provides a rich, insightful overview of what exactly constitutes Asian Cinema.

The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinema

as well as examinations of Asian stars and fandom. Asian “global” cities and urban cinemas (slums in Mumbai, Manila) can be considered alongside the creation of counter-publics (the importance of transnational links in queer film, ...

Author: Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349958220

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 743

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This collection offers new approaches to theorizing Asian film in relation to the history, culture, geopolitics and economics of the continent. Bringing together original essays written by established and emerging scholars, this anthology transcends the limitations of national borders to do justice to the diverse ways in which the cinema shapes Asia geographically and imaginatively in the world today. From the revival of the Silk Road as the “belt and road” of a rising China to historical ruminations on the legacy of colonialism across the continent, the authors argue that the category of “Asian cinema” from Turkey to the edges of the Pacific continues to play a vital role in cutting-edge film research. This handbook will serve as an essential guide for committed scholars, students, and all those interested in the past, present, and possible future of Asian cinema in the 21st century.

Postcolonial Hangups in Southeast Asian Cinema

That very question, which Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto and Stephen Teo have ambitiously posed about “Japanese cinema” and “Asian cinema” respectively, could be constructed differently as a result.53 Southeast Asian cinema studies would enjoy an ...

Author: Gerald Sim

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9048551161

Category: Art

Page: 255

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Postcolonial Hangups in Southeast Asian Cinema: Poetics of Space, Sound, and Stability explores a geopolitically situated set of cultures negotiating unique relationships to colonial history. Singaporean, Malaysian, and Indonesian identities are discussed through a variety of commercial films, art cinema, and experimental work. The book discovers instances of postcoloniality that manifest stylistically through Singapore's preoccupations with space, the importance of sound to Malay culture, and the Indonesian investment in genre.

Tradition Culture and Aesthetics in Contemporary Asian Cinema

Tradition, Culture and Aesthetics in Contemporary Asian Cinema focuses on cinematic output from the Asian region ... The first is a working toward a conception of an Asian aesthetic in films from and about Asia – a recognisable visual ...

Author: Peter C. Pugsley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317008472

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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From the critically acclaimed Malaysian film Sepet to the on-going box office successes of the films created by Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai, cinematic texts from the nations of Asia are increasingly capturing audiences beyond their national boundaries. Tradition, Culture and Aesthetics in Contemporary Asian Cinema explores the rise of popular Asian cinema and provides an understanding of the aesthetic elements that mark these films as 'Asian cinema'. Incorporating examples of contemporary films from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and India, Peter C. Pugsley gives readers a fresh insight into the rapidly developing discourse on popular Asian media. The book's chapters focus on the aesthetic features of national cinemas and the intersections of local/global encountered in the production, distribution and consumption of contemporary Asian films. By tracking across some of the most influential countries in Asia the book is able to offer new perspectives into the visual and aural features that create greater understanding between East and West. As distribution and technological advances make Asian films more readily available, an understanding of the different aesthetics at play will enable readers of this book to recognise key cultural motifs found in cinematic texts from Asia.

Surveillance in Asian Cinema

observations regarding Korean hallyu's rapid global spread, “the waves of [Asian cinema and popular culture that] emanate from the Korean peninsula” and beyond, “hit a complex continental shoreline and countless chains of islands,” ...

Author: Karen Fang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317298802

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 284

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Critical theory and popular wisdom are rife with images of surveillance as an intrusive, repressive practice often suggestively attributed to eastern powers and opposed to western liberalism. Hollywood-dominated global media has long promulgated a geopoliticized east-west axis of freedom vs. control. This book focuses on Asian and Asia-based films and cinematic traditions obscured by lopsided western hegemonic discourse and—more specifically—probes these films’ treatments of a phenomenon that western film often portrays with neo-orientalist hysteria. Exploring recent and historical movies made in post-social and anti-Communist societies such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and South Korea, the book picks up on the political and economic concerns implicitly underlying Sinophobic and anti-Communist Asian images in Hollywood films while also considering how these societies and states depict the issues of centralization, militarization and technological innovation so often figured as distinctive of the difference between eastern despotism and western liberalism.

Asian Cinema and the Use of Space

Asian. Films. and. the. Potential. of. Cinematic. Space. Lilian. Chee. and. Edna. Lim. The foregrounding of space as the subject of inquiry in film studies is, in itself, not new. Indeed, the variety of scholarly work that focus on ...

Author: Lilian Chee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134629532

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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Asian cinemas are connected to global networks and participate in producing international film history while at the same time influenced and engaged by spatial, cultural, social and political transformations. This interdisciplinary study forwards a productive pairing of Asian cinemas and space, where space is used as a discursive tool to understand cinemas of Asia. Concentrating on the performative potential of cinematic space in Asian films, the contributors discuss how space (re)constructs forms of identities and meanings across a range of cinematic practices. Cities, landscapes, buildings and interiors actively shape cinematic performances of such identities and their significances. The essays are structured around the spatial themes of ephemeral, imagined and contested spaces. They deal with struggles for identity, belonging, autonomy and mobility within different national and transnational contexts across East, Southeast and parts of South Asia in particular, which are complicated by micropolitics and subcultures, and by the interventions and interests of global lobbies.

East Asian Cinema and Cultural Heritage

Indeed,Korean film personnel, sincethelate 1950s, hadlongbeen ignoring other national cinemas in Asia. Hankook Ilbocommented, “Korean cinemaisright behind Japan butfar superior to other Asian cinema”(“The Asian Film FestivalReport”1962: ...

Author: Yau Shuk-ting, Kinnia

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230339506

Category: Social Science

Page: 207

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How do East Asian cultural heritages in shape film? How are these legacies being revived, or even re-created, by contemporary filmmakers? This collection examines the dynamic interactions between East Asian culture heritages and cinemas in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.