Chinese Film Genres

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for MEDIA 743.


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

The course comprises three sections. The course starts with considering 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 films to the world cinema. The course concludes with a study of the cycles and trends of martial arts film, a quintessentiallyChinese genre. The course approaches the 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 cinema: Hong Kong, Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China.


Availability 2023

Not offered in 2023; planned for 2024




MEDIA 743: 30 points