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Chinese Martial Arts CinemaThe Wuxia Tradition$
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Stephen Teo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632855

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632855.001.0001

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Reactions Against the Wuxia Genre

Reactions Against the Wuxia Genre

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(p.38) 2. Reactions Against the Wuxia Genre
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Chinese Martial Arts Cinema
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Stephen Teo

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632855.003.0003

The popularity of the wuxia genre came to an abrupt end in the early 1930s, with the implementation of a ban on the genre in 1931. This chapter takes a precise look at the developments and the intellectual currents leading to the ban, and considers its historical impact on the Chinese cinema as a whole. The genre revived during the so-called ‘Orphan Island’ period, from 1938–1941. The chapter also discusses the controversial episode of the mob burning of a print of Mulan Joins the Army (1939), a sub-wuxia film which aroused the wrath of a wartime audience on its first showing in Chongqing (the wartime capital of China).

Keywords:   Censorship, ‘Orphan Island’, anti-Japanese war, backlash, low culture

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