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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

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

Stephen Teo

Edinburgh University Press

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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