Course Code


Course Name

East Asian Film Genres in a Globalizing World


Wednesday 14:30-18:15


CKB 706B


Prof. Kristof Van Den Troost

Teaching Assistant

MIAO Zixin

Course Description

In this course the connections between different cinemas within East Asia and between East Asia and the rest of the world will be explored from a genre perspective. Hong Kong and Korean film noir, Chinese swordplay and Japanese samurai films, horror films from Hong Kong and Japan: all are examples of the transnational circulation of genres, involving processes of both localization and globalization. Students will be invited to explore genre theory, trace complex webs of creative influences, and appreciate the sameness and difference that characterize both genre films and our globalizing world. They will also have a chance to apply this new knowledge in practice, by making a short “genre film” for screening at the end of the term.

Course Outline

Week 1 (11/1):              Introduction

Week 2 (18/1):              Yojimbo (1961)

Week 3 (25/1):             PUBLIC HOLIDAY—LUNAR NEW YEAR

Week 4 (1/2):                Let the Bullets Fly (2010)

Week 5 (8/2):                Once Upon a Time in China 2 (1991)

Week 6 (15/2):             The Prodigal Son  (1981)

Week 7 (22/2):             A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Week 8 (1/3):               Ringu (1998)

*** Friday 3 March         Short Assignment due (for CHES5134 only)***

Week 9 (8/3):                READING WEEK—NO CLASS 

Week 10 (15/3):            Dumplings – Three … Extremes (2004)

Week 11 (22/3):             Branded to Kill (1967) (+ Essay Consultations)

Week 12 (29/3):             The Killer (1989) (+ Essay Consultations)

Week 13 (5/4):              PUBLIC HOLIDAY—CHING MING FESTIVAL

Week 14 (12/4)              Oldboy (2003)

Week 15 (19/4):            Film Awards: Screen Collaborative Film Projects

*** Wednesday 26 April            Accompanying Essay Due ***

Assessment & Assignments

Participation 10%

Reading Reflections 30%

Short assignment 10%

Collaborative film project (instructor grade) 20%

Collaborative film project (intra-group evaluation) 10%

Essay accompanying film project 20%     

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of the policies, regulations and procedures.