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Title The assassin : Hou Hsiao-hsien's world of Tang China
Published HK : Hong Kong University Press, 2019


Description 1 online resource (253 pages)
Contents Intro; Contents; Illustrations; Character Chart; Chronicle of Major Events in the Film Story before the Film Begins; Map of the Tang after the An Lushan Rebellion (763); Acknowledgments; Introduction; Section 1: The Auteur Speaking and Auteurism Revisited; 1. The Screen Frame Is Only a Faintly Discernable Existence in the Real World; 2. To Kill or Not to Kill; Section 2: Literary and Film Adaptation and Editing; 3. The Assassin and Heibai Wei; 4. The Assassin as Adaptation and Transmedia Practice; Section 3: Sight and Sound; 5. Visuality and Music in The Assassin
6. The Three Ears of The Assassin7. Veiled Listening; 8. Sounding against the Grain; Section 4: Xia and Traditional Worldviews; 9. The Martial Arts of Nostalgia; 10. Ethics and Aesthetics in The Assassin; 11. The Something of Nothing; Appendix 1. Pei Xing, "Nie Yinniang"; Appendix 2. "Nie Yinniang"; Filmography; Works Cited; Contributors; Index
Summary The Assassin tells the story of a swordswoman who refrains from killing. Hou Hsiao-hsien astonishes his audience once again by upsetting almost every convention of the wuxia (martial arts) genre in the film. This collection offers eleven readings, each as original and thought-provoking as the film itself, beginning with one given by the director himself. Contributors analyze the elliptical way of storytelling, Hou's adaptation of the source text (a tale from the Tang dynasty, also included in this volume), the film's appropriation of traditional Chinese visual aesthetics, as well as the concep
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, filmography (pages 202-204) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Hou, Xiaoxian, 1947- -- Criticism and interpretation
Hou, Xiaoxian, 1947-
SUBJECT Assassin (Motion picture)
Subject Martial arts films -- China -- History and criticism
Martial arts films
Motion pictures
Tang Dynasty (China)
China -- History -- Tang dynasty, 618-907 -- In motion pictures
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Hsiao-yen, Peng, editor
ISBN 9789882204638