From Routes to Roots or Vice Versa: Transformation of Urban Space in China's "New Urban Films"
This paper, will focus on the two so-called "new urban films" -- Spring Subway (Kaiwang Chuntian de Ditie, 2002, dir. Zhang Yibai) and Shower (Xizao, 1999, dir. Zhang Yang). Both films touch upon displacement and de-localization in urban experience. Spring Subway creates a mode of transit and emotional experience associated with a supermodern "non-place space" of social anonymity, impermanence, and displacement, whereas Shower on the other hand creates an intimate mode of locational experience anchored in the traditional "anthropological place" space.
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