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CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Telephone Call, Hot Pot, Dont
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March 30, 2016 Murakami and the West Haruki Hurakami  Born 1949 in Kyoto  Parents taught Japanese literature but influenced by western literature, music, culture  After university studies in law,...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: List Of Muppets, Trauma Trigger, French New Wave
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March 18, 2016 John Woo  Hong Kong: east west intersections  1986-1992: new phase of HK action films by John Woo: western and eastern influences; Chinese themes in gangster and cop movies; popularity in...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Instant History, Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso
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April, 1 2016 The Year of Spaghetti  Phone call: ex girlfriend of friend looking for friend (narrator staring at ceiling)  Omits contact info; (imagination) objects of room turn into pillars of ice, ...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Pig Sty, Mo Lei Tau, Shaolin Soccer
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March. 23/2016 Quentin Tarantino  Homage to Asian martial arts films: Tarantino’s Kill Bill (Volume 1, 2003; Volume 2, 2004) Kill Bill  Uma Thurman = The Bridge: martial arts master, bullet in head at ...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Unequal Treaty, List Of The Adventures Of Tintin Characters, Ridicule
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February 26, 2016 Bayeux Tapestry 11 century A Brief History of Comics  Rodolphe Topffler (1799-1846): considered inventor of modern comics  Encouragement of Goethe: pub. Satirical picture-stories: interdepe...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Stan Sakai, The Mighty World Of Marvel, Miyamoto Usagi
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March, 16/2016 Metropolis  Homage and adaptation of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1926): jazz age sci-fi dystopia as social satire; cf. Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1931) = use of slapstick  Hard-b...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Vijay Prashad, Cinema Of Hong Kong, The Big Boss
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Mar. 4/2016 Hong Kong Cinema  Colonial Hong Kong: movie people fleeing Japanese occupation in China  1945-49: leftist filmmakers  PRC: HK attracted new artists, moguls  Growth of HK studios, includ...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Toshiro Mifune, Spaghetti Western, Gendai-Geki
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February 24 2016 The West in Post War Japanese Cinema Post War Japan  Godzilla: perhaps first major export of Japanese popular culture to west after WWII  1945: unconditional surrender to Allies after ...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Norakuro, Edo Period, Japanese Militarism
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March 9, 2016 Jackie Chan  Kung fu films in different direction  Born in HK, 1954; sent to traditional opera school: intense, harsh training  Best students in elite performance troupe = martial arts, acr...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Bodhisattva, Kirishitan, Literary Award
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Midterm content, Readings are all part of the exams Madame Butterfly  Abandoned by her family but comforted by her new husband  Agrees to give the child away so he can have a life in America cause it would ...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Ronny Yu, Jet Li, Unequal Treaty
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Mar. 2/2016 East Meets West in Film: Politics Through Visuals 1. Political Conditions 2. Fearless 3. Once Upon a Time in China Series Historical Background: End of Qing Dynasty  Unequal Treaties ...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Hercule Poirot, Peter Lorre, Frank Chin
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February 10 2016 Broken Blossoms, 1919  Enormous success; hailed by NYTimes as masterpiece  Clips: beginning and middle  Question – how are Cheng Huan and his relationship to Lucy depicted?  Asia...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Social Inequality, Yellow Peril, New Culture Movement
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February 3 2016 Chinese Revolution  Defeat by Japan in 1895, suppression of anti western Boxer Rebellion in 1900: more foreign interference from 1900  Weakened Qing (Manchu); series of reforms  streng...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow
CHIN 2052 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Emperor Meiji, Kapan, Meiji Restoration
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Jan 20/2016 Horace Walpole 1717-1797  Voltaire thought that the ideal Chinese Culture should be what Europe strives to be.  He saw it were more secularized  Exemplar of Confucian morality  ...

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CHIN 2052
Simon Kow

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