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Remade in HollywoodThe Global Chinese Presence in Transnational Cinemas$
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Kenneth Chan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090552

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090552.001.0001

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Chinese Supernaturalism: Mythic Ethnography and the Mystical Other

Chinese Supernaturalism: Mythic Ethnography and the Mystical Other

(p.157) 7 Chinese Supernaturalism: Mythic Ethnography and the Mystical Other
Remade in Hollywood

Kenneth Chan

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter focuses on the way Chinese supernatural films pursue a kind of mythic autoethnography, where Chinese religious beliefs and superstitions receive an intensified makeover to emphasize the bizarre, the macabre, the mystical, and the inexplicable. It examines Bulletproof Monk's turn to fictitious Tibetan myths of immortality; Double Vision's cultic forms of Taoist beliefs; and The Myth's reworking of reincarnation and the semi-mythic story of the first Chinese emperor's obsession with the pill of immortality. It also analyzes the histrionics surrounding The Promise and its failure to be the film that it so anxiously aspires to be.

Keywords:   supernatural films, autoethnography, religious beliefs, superstitions, Bulletproof Monk, immortality, Double Vision, The Myth, incarnation, The Promise

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