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Young Rebels in Contemporary Chinese Cinema$
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Xuelin Zhou

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098497

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098497.001.0001

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Re-forming China

Re-forming China

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Young Rebels in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Zhou Xuelin

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter explores the representation of the city-countryside antithesis in the development of Chinese society in general, and Chinese cinema in particular, in pre- and post-1949 years. It also examines the social changes and the transformation and expansion of Chinese urban spaces in the 1980s. These transformations created greater opportunities for filmmakers to handle the city representation with considerable openness and subjectivity and helped turn the urban scene into a “channel” through which a new generation of screen heroes air their frustrated and rebellious views.

Keywords:   city-countryside antithesis, Chinese society, Chinese cinema, social changes, urban spaces, city, urban scene

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