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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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The Rise of New School Wuxia

The Rise of New School Wuxia

(p.86) 4. The Rise of New School Wuxia
Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

Stephen Teo

Edinburgh University Press

The wuxia genre is resuscitated in the form of a ‘new school’ following the rise of the kung fu phenomenon in the Hong Kong Cantonese cinema. The chapter investigates the underpinning of the ‘new school’ wuxia genre, firstly, by its appearance in the Cantonese cinema, and then, by the major Mandarin studio, Shaw Brothers, which launched a campaign promoting the whole school through the films of the director Zhang Che. The chapter assesses Zhang’s films, which won popularity with a new emphasis on violence and macho male bonding, known as yang gang. Zhang’s films spearheaded a trend, further discussed through the films of other directors.

Keywords:   New school, Zhang Che, violence, male bonding, yang gang

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