Film Cultures in China(s)
Please write in full sentences, paragraph form, with an introduction, a thesis statement, and a conclusion. Please give specific example for your argument.
Discuss how work is depicted in Fists of Fury, Yellow Earth, and Blindshaft. Using examples from the dialogue, plot, and the characters, compare the types and the representation of work in these films. What are the similarities and differences among the films? What types of work are shown? You should use at least one example from each film.
Some things to consider: Who is doing the work? What do these films suggest to the audience about work and laboring in Chinese society? How are these films prescriptive, (do they tell audiences how to see workers differently)? Does the work in the films take place in domestic spaces? In distant locations? Does the filmmaker craft the characters as workers the audience should model themselves after?
Fists of Fury, dir. Lo Wei, 1971
Yellow Earth, dir. Chen Kai-ge, 1984
Blindshaft, dir. Li Yang, 2003