In Hollywood, the hero always gets the girl. Not so in Chinese action films….
This talk examines the codes governing what it takes to be a good man in Chinese culture – and how they are changing under modernity. Why does Bruce Lee never get the girl, and why is that a sign of success? Why are there so few Oedipal narratives of men overcoming father figures in Chinese cinema? Why are there two models of Chinese masculinity, and how do they work together? And what are the moral codes that govern male behaviour and generate dramatic tension?
This talk is part of the Bagri Foundation’s World Cinema Club which aims to promote a deeper appreciation of cinema at meetings that are engaging and informative.