Submerged Ecology and Depth Psychology in <i>Wushan yunyu</i>: Aesthetic Insight into National Development

Nick Kaldis

in Chinese Ecocinema

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090866
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206724 | DOI:
Submerged Ecology and Depth Psychology in Wushan yunyu: Aesthetic Insight into National Development

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This chapter examines Zhang Ming's film Wushan yunyu (In Expectation, literally Rain Clouds over Wu Mountain). It argues that cinematic representation can contribute to our understanding of the complex effects of massive ecological disruption — the building of the Three Gorges Dam — on landscape, communities, and the individual psyche. It also argues that Wushun yunyu is doubly radical, in its uncompromising attempt to explore repressed and disavowed sexual conflicts in contemporary Chinese society, and in linking disruptions in human desire and sexuality to the destruction of the environment and communities.

Keywords: Zhang Ming; Wushan yunyu; In Expectation; ecological disruption; sexuality

Chapter.  7283 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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