Chinese Martial Arts Cinema The Wuxia Tradition

ISBN-10: 0748632867
ISBN-13: 9780748632862
Edition: 2009
Authors: Stephen Teo
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Description: The traditional martial arts genre known as wuxia (literally "martialchivalry") became popular the world over through the phenomenal hitCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). This book unveils therich layers of the wuxia tradition as it developed in  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 3/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The traditional martial arts genre known as wuxia (literally "martialchivalry") became popular the world over through the phenomenal hitCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). This book unveils therich layers of the wuxia tradition as it developed in the early Shanghai cinema ofthe late 1920s and in the Hong Kong and Taiwan film industries of the 1950s andbeyond. Stephen Teo follows the tradition from its beginnings in Shanghai cinema toits rise as a serialized form in silent cinema and its prohibition in 1931. Heshares the fantastic characteristics of the genre, their relationship to folklore,myth, and religion, and their similarities and differences with the kung fusub-genre of martial arts cinema. He maps the protagonists and heroes of the genre,in particular the figure of the lady knight-errant, and its chief personalities andmasterpieces. Directors covered include King Hu, Chu Yuan, Zhang Che, Ang Lee, andZhang Yimou, and films discussed are Come Drink With Me (1966),The One-Armed Swordsman (1967), A Touch ofZen (1970-71), Hero (2002), House ofFlying Daggers (2004), The Promise (2005),The Banquet (2006), and Curse of the GoldenFlower (2006).

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