15. Film Genre and Chinese Cinema

A Discourse of Film and Nation

  1. Yingjin Zhang2,3
  1. Stephen Teo

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch15

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Teo, S. (2012) Film Genre and Chinese Cinema, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 3

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994



  • film genre and Chinese cinema, film and nation, the fundamental concern;
  • the genre and rise of Chinese cinema, symbiotic and contradictory;
  • wenyi pian, “high” genre and wuxia pian “low” genre, a misplaced idealization;
  • Chinese filmmakers, genre as indispensable avenue of expression;
  • Chinese cinema in other stipulations, as aesthetics and narrative, history and space;
  • national cinema model and its adequacy, defining Chinese cinema with genre;
  • national cinema toward nationalism of an abstract kind, and global patterns;
  • wuxia spirit behind genre's historicism, as a notion of chivalry;
  • wuxia shenguai film as money-spinning genre, and its banning;
  • cinema through genre, and the dynamics of ambivalence


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: “Does Chinese production even have genres?”

  • Of Names and National Identity

  • Conclusion