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Beijing Bastard, The Sixth Generation Directors, and "Generation-X" in China

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Abstract:

Not much happens in Beijing Bastard (Beijing Zazhong, 1997). If you look for a story, this is not a film for you. Somehow, viewers hang on, as the characters in the film do: cutting into the footage showing a rock'n'roll band to rehearse and perform its music are the glimpses of the lives of some of the musicians and their friends. To watch Beijing Bastard is to experience the boredom of these characters and to understand the exhilaration shown at their concerts.

Keywords: Beijing Bastard; Generation-X; boredom; contrast; directors; rock’ n’ roll

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ac.10.2.18_1

Affiliations: Northeastern University in Boston

Publication date: 1999-03-01

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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