Jean Ma

in Melancholy Drift

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028054
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207172 | DOI:

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The expansiveness of Wong Kar-wai's approach to intertextuality, citation, and borrowing, along with the dense cross-cultural, cross-medial matrix in which his films are situated suggest another angle on the director's position within the tradition of art cinema. Likewise, the work of Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang also illustrates the reverberations of postmodernism in the arena of art cinema, a development that complicates the view of these directors as realists based on their reliance upon the long take. The idea of a cinema of time finds a further resonance in contemporary Chinese cinema beyond the work of Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, and Wong Kar-wai. One notable figure who engages a similar problematic of temporal form and historicity is Jia Zhangke, one of the leading directors of the PRC's Sixth Generation. Jia's films assume a critical view of the official discourse of progress and market reform shaping China's new era.

Keywords: Wong Kar-wai; intertextuality; art cinema; Hou Hsiao-hsien; Tsai Ming-liang; long take; Chinese cinema; Jia Zhangke

Chapter.  1561 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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