Course Code

CHES3102

Course Name

East Asian Film Genres in a Globalizing World

Time

Wednesday 14:30-17:15

Instructor

Prof. Kristof Van Den Troost

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):                Vengeance! (1970)

Week 6 (15/2):              Once Upon a Time in China 2 (1991)

Week 7 (22/2):              Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Week 8 (1/3):                A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

***Thursday 17 October           Short Assignment due (for CHES5134 only)***

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

Week 10 (15/3):             Ringu (1998)

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

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

Week 12 (5/4):              PUBLIC HOLIDAY—CHING MING FESTIVAL

Week 13 (12/4)              Oldboy (2003)

Week 14 (19/4):            Film Awards: Screen Collaborative Film Projects

*** Wednesday 25 April            Accompanying Essay Due ***

Assessment & Assignments

Participation                                                                  10%

Reading Reflections                                                      30%

Collaborative film project (instructor grade)                     25%

Collaborative film project (intra-group evaluation)             10%

Essay accompanying film project                                   25%     

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 http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/policy/academichonesty/. With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of the policies, regulations and procedures.