The Rise of New School <i>Wuxia</i>

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:
The Rise of New School Wuxia

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The wuxia genre is resuscitated in the form of a ‘new school’ following the rise of the kung fu phenomenon in the Hong Kong Cantonese cinema. The chapter investigates the underpinning of the ‘new school’ wuxia genre, firstly, by its appearance in the Cantonese cinema, and then, by the major Mandarin studio, Shaw Brothers, which launched a campaign promoting the whole school through the films of the director Zhang Che. The chapter assesses Zhang’s films, which won popularity with a new emphasis on violence and macho male bonding, known as yang gang. Zhang’s films spearheaded a trend, further discussed through the films of other directors.

Keywords: New school; Zhang Che; violence; male bonding; yang gang

Chapter.  14319 words. 

Subjects: Film

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