Young Rebels in Contemporary Chinese Cinema (Google eBook)
Has China in the 1980s gone through a phase of "youth rebellion" comparable with that represented in films such as Rebel Without a Cause (1954), Look Back in Anger (1959) or Easy Rider (1969)? The present study is an attempt to look for evidence in the "youth-rebellion" films produced over that period of time that may help to answer the question.
In the last twenty years of the twentieth century, the People's Republic of China underwent profound transformations, of which the changing situation of youth was particularly striking. In a society that has traditionally assumed respect for age, the prominence of youth and their new autonomy were conspicuous. A young generation born on the eve of and growing up during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) came to depart from the established social norms by the late 1980s and were considered "rebels," standing in an antagonistic relationship with mainstream ideology. Young Rebels in Contemporary Chinese Cinema analyzes the construction of "youth culture" in 1980s China by examining young-rebel films in terms of three areas: products (rock 'n' roll music), belief (or lack of it) and mode of behaviour. The study also contexualizes these films by tracing the relationship between changes in politics and changes in film from the 1950s to the present, with particular reference to the altered portrayal of young adults in the 1980s.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Cinema at the City's Edge: Film and Urban Networks in East Asia
Yomi Braester,James Tweedie
Limited preview - 2010
1 Life dir Wu Tianming Xian Film Studio 1984
The Apolitics of Rebellion
1 Drive to Win dir Zhang Nuanxin Youth Film Studio 1981
4 Awakening dir Teng Wenji Xian Film Studio 1981
7 Samsara dir Huang Jianxin Xian Film Studio 1988
8 Samsara dir Huang Jianxin Xian Film Studio 1988
1 Rock Kids dir Tian Zhuangzhuang Beijing Film Studio 1988
2 In the Heat of the Sun dir Jiang Wen Dragon Air Film 1994
advertising angry-young-man attitude audiences Beijing Bastards Beijing Film British Chen Chen Kaige China Chinese cinema Chinese film Chinese society Chinese youth chubanshe Communist Contemporary Chinese countryside Cui Jian Cultural Revolution debate Deng Xiaoping Ding Jian director economic father feel Film Studio film's filmmakers Gao Jialin girl Half Brine Half Flame heroes Hong Kong Huang Jianxin ideological Jian's Jiang lifestyle living Long Xiang Mao Zedong Mao's Masters of Mischief modern movement Northwest-wind Pan Xiao's Party People's political popular music portrayed protagonists qingnian rebels relationship revolutionary Rock Kids rock music rock V roll Samsara scene sexual Shanghai Shekou Shi Ba shot social socialist songs style Tian Zhuangzhuang traditional University Press urban youth Wang Shuo women Wu Tianming Xi'an Xi'an Film Studio Xiao Yellow Earth yishu Film Art young young-rebel films youth culture Yu Jing Yuan Zhang Ming Zhang Yimou Zhao Zhongguo dianying