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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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A British Comparison

A British Comparison

(p.135) 5 A British Comparison
Young Rebels in Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Zhou Xuelin

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter presents a sample comparative study of youth cultures. It compares and contrasts the British angry-young-man films of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the Chinese young-rebel films of the 1980s. The British films include Room at the Top (1959), Look Back in Anger (1959), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), A Taste of Honey (1961), A Kind of Loving (1962), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) and This Sporting Life (Romulus, 1963). Drawing on the Western literature on youth rebellion, it compares the social history of the two countries in terms of structural similarities, and presents some general conclusions about the nature of youth rebellion and how it should best be understood within its particular national and historical contexts.

Keywords:   British films, youth rebellion, social history, national context, historical context, angry-young-man films

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