Course Code


Course Name

China on Screen


Tuesday 2:30-6:15pm


NAH 213



Teaching Assistant


Course Description

Many 20th century Chinese films were concerned with issues of nationhood, identity, trauma, and a national past. In recent years, however, while some directors have continued to focus on the nation’s past, others have chosen to look at the present and the effects of globalization on Chinese society and culture. This course asks that students begin to understand Chinese cinema(s) as transnational, a triangular composite of Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong cinema that has also been influenced by Hollywood, Japanese and Korean cinema, amongst others. Students will be introduced to Chinese film history and criticism via an examination of twelve films directed by some of Greater China’s most skilled directors.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: The Goddess (1934)

Week 3: Spring in a Small Town (1948)

Week 4: Two Stage Sisters (1964)

Week 5: Air Hostess (1959)

Week 6: Dangerous Encounter of the First Kind (1980)

Week 7: A Better Tomorrow (1986)

Week 8: Dust in the Wind (1986)

Week 9: Red Sorghum (1987)

Week 10: Days of Being Wild (1990)

Week 11: Devils on the Doorstep (2000)

Week 12: Drug War (2012)

Week 13: Yi Yi (2000)

Assessment & Assignments

Participation (10%)

Short assignments (50%)

Final Take-Home Assignment (40%)

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 these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.