Faculty of Arts


Chinese Film Genres


Genre is an often-used concept in film studies and scholarship, providing ways to group together films that share similar styles, subjects, settings and/or themes. This course investigates genres in the dynamic and proliferating Chinese-language film.

The course mainly comprises three sections. It starts with youth film, a genre that began to draw academic attention only recently. This is followed by an examination of art film, the genre that has played a pivotal role in exposing Chinese-language film to the world cinema. The course concludes with a study of the cycles and trends of martial arts film, a genre usually considered to most saliently define Chinese cinema. The course approaches these three genres from the point of view of aesthetic traditions and conventions, industry and reception, as well as the broad sociocultural environment.

The course has a strong comparative perspective, covering three major film cultures in Chinese-language film: Hong Kong, Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China.

Availability 2019

Not taught in 2019


Coordinator(s) Dr Xuelin Zhou


MEDIA 743: 30.0 points



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