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Dances with Discursive Ghosts: Ideology of the Body in Contemporary Chinese Cinema from <i>Unrequited Love</i> to <i>Big Shot's Funeral</i>

Sihui Mao

in Discourses of Cultural China in the Globalizing Age

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099128
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206847 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099128.003.0003
Dances with Discursive Ghosts: Ideology of the Body in Contemporary Chinese Cinema from Unrequited Love to Big Shot's Funeral

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This chapter selects six Chinese films (Unrequited Love, Red Sorghum, Ju Dou, The Blue Kite, Farewell My Concubine, and Big Shot's Funeral)) that have all won global recognition and success in China and focuses on the individual film directors' struggle with visible and invisible ghosts—Confucian values, political censorship, feudalistic mentality, stifling patriarchy, and social and financial constraints in an age of greed and global capitalism—in their process of constructing the cinematic narratives and the discursive audiovisual representations of the body out of the intricate relations among art and life in contemporary China.

Keywords: Chinese culture; Confucian values; political censorship; feudalistic mentality; stifling patriarchy; Red Sorghum; The Blue Kite

Chapter.  11800 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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