Screening Notes Week 5
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INI222 Screening #5 10/2/11
Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow
Hollywood and transnational cinema
“Reality” and the Spectacular Body
•Hong Kong action cinema and The Matrix: technologization of action
•All of the choreography (when Neo and Morpheus fight, esp) is coordinated by the
same guy who dicrected Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow
•The real/unreal body
•Packing and special effects: “undercranking” vs. “Bullet time”
oUndercranking, makes a scene go faster, opposite of slow motion
•The body vs. weapons: uneasy relationships
oUneasy relationship bw East and West. Moment in the film where the one
white guy in the film brings out a knife keep an eye on the relationship bw
the body and the weapon
•Jackie Chan: crossover star/director
•Yuen Wo-Ping: crossover director/choreographer
•“Trans-Pacific traffic” started in the 70s
•Two-Way Street: Chuck Norris, George Lazenby
oNorris was a HK action star.
oQuestions what we think about whne we think of a HK or Hollywood star and
how we identify them.
•Transnationality and Orientalism
oOrientalism reaction the western reaction to HK cinema
oWay Hollywood in egenral view HK cinema and stars as simultaneously being
unque, novel and either way way better or not nearly as good as Hollywood.
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