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A Realization of Harmony: Yin-Yang Theory in Grandma and Her Ghosts

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This article examines Wang's film in terms of one aspect of folk belief that fully saturates it, that of yin and yang. The yin-yang symbol on Grandma's ceremonial robe is not only a true-to-life representation of this type of ritual costume; it is also a globally recognized symbol that serves as a visual cue to this major theme.

Keywords: Grandma and Her Ghosts; animated movie; binaries; spiritual beliefs; yin-yang

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2005

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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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