8. Second Coming

The Legacy of Taiwan New Cinema

  1. Yingjin Zhang2,3
  1. Darrell William Davis

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch8

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Davis, D. W. (2012) Second Coming, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 3

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994



  • second coming, the legacy of Taiwan New Cinema, and auteurist ambitions;
  • New Cinema, expressing personal reflections on experiences;
  • xiangtu to bentu, widespread sentiment of the 1990s onward;
  • New Cinema, or Taiwan cinema, its high standards, elitism, and shortcomings;
  • Taiwan filmmakers,' countering the modernist gloom of post-New Cinema leftovers;
  • Tagalog, Filipino guest workers, the new bentu, translocal, multilingual;
  • New Cinema, stylistically realist, and observational;
  • New Cinema's A City of Sadness and A Brighter Summer Day;
  • Hou's Flowers of Shanghai, back to nineteenth-century China;
  • xiangtu, and the New Cinema, alongside auteurism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introducing Taiwan New Cinema

  • Xiangtu (Nativist) Style, Beyond Literary Adaptation

  • Censoring/Censuring New Cinema

  • Maturity and Mannerism in the 1990s

  • From Xiangtu to Bentu, Nativism to Localism

  • Cape No. 7: A New Era for Popular Taiwan Movies?

  • New Cinema's Afterlife