The Chinese Action Image and Postmodernity

Evans Chan

in The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195175967
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Chinese Action Image and Postmodernity


This article discusses the Chinese action image in global entertainment. It looks at the different phases Chinese action images have gone through over the years, from the first appearance of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee to their incorporation within a Hollywood production. The article also examines the genealogy of the martial arts, or wu xia culture, in order to gain a full implication of the Chinese action images in postmodernity.

Keywords: Chinese action image; global entertainment; genealogy; martial arts; wu xia culture; postmodernity

Article.  11734 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Film

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