Document Title

From Routes to Roots or Vice Versa: Transformation of Urban Space in China's "New Urban Films"

Department/School

Asian Studies

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Asian Cinema

Publication Date

9-2008

Volume

19

Issue

2

Pages

102-134

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1386/ac.19.2.102_1

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