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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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The Global Return of the Wuxia pian (Chinese Sword-Fighting Movie)

The Global Return of the Wuxia pian (Chinese Sword-Fighting Movie)

(p.75) 4 The Global Return of the Wuxia pian (Chinese Sword-Fighting Movie)
Remade in Hollywood

Kenneth Chan

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter describes the arrival of wuxia pian, or Chinese sword-fighting movies, to Hollywood. It examines Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and Zhang Yimou's Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004), focusing on how these films grapple with the larger issues of cultural identity, the politics of Chineseness, and the immense pressure of American and global audience appeal.

Keywords:   wuxia pian, sword-fighting movie, Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Zhang Yimou, Hero, House of Flying Dragons, Chineseness

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