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Chinese Martial Arts Cinema: The Wuxia Tradition

Stephen Teo


The martial arts genre known as wuxia (literally ‘martial chivalry’) is one of the oldest in the Chinese cinema. Its antecedents are closely tied to the historical knights-errant known as xia who were said to have roamed ancient China over two thousand three hundred years ago, fighting injustices and righting wrongs. This book delves into the cinematic development of the genre from its beginnings in the Shanghai film industry in the late 1920s to its recent state of evolution in the Chinese, Taiwan, and Hong Kong cinemas, as represented by works such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) an ... More

Keywords: Chinese martial arts cinema, wuxia, kung fu, genre film, magic and superstition, female knight-errant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748632855
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632855.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Teo, author