Lost in Translation Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Lost in Translation
A review of movies based on Eastern cultures, compared with the reality of real Eastern culture.
# 86006 | 2,250 words | 8 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Ethnic Studies (Asia) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Film (General)


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The popularity of "Kung Fu" films has achieved critical mass in Western popular culture with the box office success of such films as 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' in the late 1990s and early 2000s. While these films represent interesting cinematic achievements, from a social science perspective they are particularly fascinating as examples of sites of conflict convergence between Eastern and Western cultures.

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"The popularity of "Kung Fu" films has achieved critical mass in Western popular culture with the box office success of such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the late 1990s and early 2000s. While these films represent interesting cinematic achievements, from a social science perspective they are particularly fascinating as examples of sites of conflict/convergence between Eastern and Western cultures. Consider, for example, the fact that while Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger was seen as a critical and box office triumph of Asian film in the West, it was widely criticized in both China and East Asia in general as a film that pandered to Western cultural values (Chan, 57)."

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