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Wuxia on Film


14 Dec

In this revealing two-part exploration of the martial arts genre , Intermix will screen Ang Lee's modern classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), followed by a discussion with Chinese cinema expert Dr. Peter Gravestock about the resurgence of the martial arts genre, and the debt it owes to the pioneering Hong Kong studios of the 1950s and '60s.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.

  • Wuxia, which translates as "martial hero", is a genre of Chinese fiction focusing on the adventures of martial artists. The genre emerged in film as early as the 1920s and grew in popularity through the films of the Shaw Brothers Studio in the 1960s and '70s.

    The genre saw a resurgence with the world-wide hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a beautifully shot tale directed by Ang Lee that made excellent use of modern special effects and wire work.

    Dr. Peter Gravestock is a researcher in Chinese cinema, and will provide a fascinating coda to this event, comparing the film screening to other seminal works by analysing production techniques, dramatic elements, and the cinematic language used within the film.

    Intermix is ACMI's program for young people 15 – 20. This event runs from 3pm to 6pm.

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    Proudly supported by Naomi Milgrom AO

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.