A “new” phenomenon of Chinese cinema

Xu Ying and Xu Zhongquan

in Humour in Chinese Life and Culture

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2013 | ISBN: 9789888139231
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9789888180837 | DOI:
A “new” phenomenon of Chinese cinema

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The chapter provides an account of the economic and artistic history of China's comic movie genre, focusing on the 1997 emergence and popularity of Happy-New-Year movies, with an interview with a leading comic actor about successful comedy. Back in 1958 to 1961, when romanticism and hope about the Great Leap Forward movement pervaded, comic films that carried positive messages or satires on the Kuomintang government are widely produced. During the Cultural Revolution, filmmakers stopped making these movies, but in the 1980, when China opened its doors and reformed its economy, the film industry is revitalised. By looking at the Happy-New-Year movies, the authors look at the new humour that emerges.

Keywords: Comedy; Films; Chinese New Year; Feng Xiaogang; Acting; China; Humour

Chapter.  7350 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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