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Historiography of absence: Taiwan cinema before New Cinema 1982

Author: Hong, Guo-Juin

Source: Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Volume 4, Number 1, 1 March 2010 , pp. 5-14(10)

Publisher: Intellect

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Abstract:

The introduction traces the history of Taiwan cinema before the New Cinema of the 1980s. By sketching the much under-studied periods of Taiwan under Japanese occupation and after restoration in 1945, I provide the context within which this special issue on Taiwan's missing years may be understood. While the featured articles focus mostly on the Mandarin-language Healthy Realism of the 1960s and 1970s, I describe in some detail its Taiwanese-dialect counterpart to highlight the questions of nation at the core of Taiwan's pursuit of modernization. My goals are to bring to light the absent history of Taiwan cinema during the missing years, to the study of which this special issue collectively contributes.

Keywords: Healthy Realism; Taiwanese-dialect cinema; colonial cinema; film historiography

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jcc.4.1.5/7

Affiliations: Duke University.

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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  • Journal of Chinese Cinemas is a major refereed academic publication devoted to the study of Chinese film, drawing on the recent world-wide growth of interest in Chinese cinemas. An incredibly diverse range of films has emerged from all parts of the Chinese-speaking world over the last few years, with an ever increasing number of border-crossing collaborative efforts prominent among them. These exciting developments provide abundant ground for academic research.
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