Romantic Kung Fu Cinema Analytical Essay by Nicky

An examination of devices and themes in Romantic Kung Fu cinema.
# 145315 | 3,445 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 03, 2010 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Asian Studies (General)

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The paper analyzes two films "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" by Ang Lee and "The New Legend of the Shaolin" by Wong Jing and their effective channeling of both classical and slapstick innovations. The paper highlights the relationship between domestic culture, political context and cinematic approach in these films and also shows how they appeal to aspects of Kung fu mysticism. The paper clearly demonstrates how the modern Hong Kong tradition of Kung Fu cinema has had a great reach in modern cinema today, driving a use of martial arts that is secular and has no relevance to spiritual themes anymore.

From the Paper:

"A nation's popular and artistic cultural output will typically share a reciprocal relationship with the identity of the nation itself. Its political, social and ethnic identity will invariably find some manner of representation--whether through a reflection of cultural norms or through a conscious or unconscious subversion of these norms--in the media through which its ideas are expressed, its iconography is conveyed and its collective psyche is examined. This is a commonality to all distinct cultures, and bears particular importance in foundation to our discussion on Hong Kong cinematography. As an island situated within Asian culture but heavily steeped in the western capitalism which has dominated the commercial mecca for over a century, Hong Kong's cultural development has been largely reflective of this schizophrenic outlook. In one regard formulated upon the implications of Chinese spiritual philosophy and on the other, the imposition of American material principles, Hong Kong has thus created its own hybrid film genre as an outpouring of this culture. Its films, whose conventions and methods share a reciprocal relationship with the history of American cinema, tend to elucidate a culture in a state of constant tension between old and new worlds."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Huang, Guiyou. (2005). Asian American Literary Studies. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Hunt, L. (2003). Kung Fu Cult Masters. Wallflower Press.
  • Jaffee, Valerie. (2004). Bring the World to the Nation: Jia Zhangke and the Legitimation of Chinese Underground Film. Sense of Cinema. Online at <>.
  • Klein, Christina. (2004). Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: A Diasporic Reading. Cinema Journal, Vol. 43, No. 4, p. 18-42.
  • Kuoshu, Harry H. (2002). Celluloid China: Cinematic Encounters with Culture and Society. Southern Illinois University Press.

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