The Global Return of the <i>Wuxia pian</i> (Chinese Sword-Fighting Movie)

Kenneth Chan

in Remade in Hollywood

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090552
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207356 | DOI:
The Global Return of the Wuxia pian (Chinese Sword-Fighting Movie)

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This chapter describes the arrival of wuxia pian, or Chinese sword-fighting movies, to Hollywood. It examines Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and Zhang Yimou's Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004), focusing on how these films grapple with the larger issues of cultural identity, the politics of Chineseness, and the immense pressure of American and global audience appeal.

Keywords: wuxia pian; sword-fighting movie; Ang Lee; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Zhang Yimou; Hero; House of Flying Dragons; Chineseness

Chapter.  12957 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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