ASIAN 369 - Chinese Film
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Chinese cinema in the 21st century has seen exponential growth and developed many genres as the film market in the country is poised to become the largest in the world. Yet how to watch a Chinese film and appreciate its various levels of significance remains an interesting, if also challenging, question for viewers outside China. In this course, we will view a select list of contemporary films and examine how best to make sense of them. We will discuss how a film (from comedy to drama to martial arts to documentary) is shaped by the genre it belongs to and why watching a film from a different cultural context is always a rewarding as well as demanding experience. This course will present an informative survey on Chinese cinema and introduce us to important issues in contemporary Chinese culture. It will also invite us to rethink prevailing ways of understanding a film and other cultural products from another society.

All films will have English subtitles. In addition to film viewing, all reading assignments will be available on Canvas.

Course Requirements:

Regular attendance and active participation in class, film viewing, reading assignments, occasional mini-research assignments, occasional quizzes, regular discussions through Canvas, a mid-term paper, and a final project.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates in Asian Studies, History, and Screen Arts

Class Format:

Class will meet twice a week for 90 minutes. In addition, lab sections will be scheduled for the viewing of the films.

ASIAN 369 - Chinese Film
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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