Reactions Against the <i>Wuxia</i> Genre

Stephen Teo

in Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748632855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670833 | DOI:
Reactions Against the Wuxia Genre

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The popularity of the wuxia genre came to an abrupt end in the early 1930s, with the implementation of a ban on the genre in 1931. This chapter takes a precise look at the developments and the intellectual currents leading to the ban, and considers its historical impact on the Chinese cinema as a whole. The genre revived during the so-called ‘Orphan Island’ period, from 1938–1941. The chapter also discusses the controversial episode of the mob burning of a print of Mulan Joins the Army (1939), a sub-wuxia film which aroused the wrath of a wartime audience on its first showing in Chongqing (the wartime capital of China).

Keywords: Censorship; ‘Orphan Island’; anti-Japanese war; backlash; low culture

Chapter.  9765 words. 

Subjects: Film

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