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Film and Television Culture in China

Author: Prof. Hu Zhifeng

Translated by Prof. Jin Haina

ISBN: 978-1-84464-498-8

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-499-5

Hardback-334 Pages

May 2018


£85 €105 $135



Film and Television Culture in China gives a provocative analysis of film and television culture in China. Hu Zhifeng first gives a panoramic picture of Chinese culture in which film and television was born and shaped. He then delineates the definition and composition and basic relations in film and television culture. He discovers and deliberates on the two traditions in Chinese film and television culture: the worldly spirit and the poetic style. The two traditions are deeply rooted in Chinese Confucianism and Taoism and have influenced Chinese film and television from the start. The author also provides in-depth and original readings of phenomena in Chinese film and television culture, such as the reform films and the reflection films, the character and mission of television documentary, and a dialogue between the mainland and Taiwan. Film and Television Culture in China provides an essential guide to understand the film and television culture in China from early screen to the present day. The book is structured in three independent yet complementary sections: Ontology, History, and Analysis, which shared a common theme: the exploration of the nationality and indigenization of Chinese film and television culture. In the ontology part, the author establishes a logic theoretical framework for culture as well as for film and television culture. The author puts forward three systems in the film and television culture: mass media system, artistic creation system and entertainment system. The author explores the relations among social history, film and television culture and audience. In the history part, the author carefully combs the development of film and culture in China and re-examines it in introspection. The author puts forward two traditions in film and television culture, which are “the worldly spirit” and “the poetic style”. The two traditions inherit traditional Chinese culture and have constant modern presentation. In the analysis part, the author gives in-depth analysis of representative cultural phenomena in film and television industries, which can be seen as the perfect illustration of applying the theories of film and television culture into practice.


Content: Introduction to Cultural Landscape of China in the 20th Century

0.1 The First Culture Movement: around the May 4th Movement in 1919

0.2 The Second Culture Movement- Middle of the 1980s

0.3 The Cultural Landscape of the 1990s Part One Ontology

Chapter 1 Culture 1.1 The Definition of Culture

1.2 Composition of Culture

1.3 Several Relations and Features of Culture

1.4 Significance of Cultural Studies

Chapter 2 Film and Television Culture

2.1 Definition of Film and Television Culture

2.2 The Constitution of Film and Television Culture in a Broad Sense

Chapter 3 Film Culture and Film Art

3.1 The History of the Film Art: From a Logic Perspective

3.2 (Social) Functions and Audience (Needs) of Film Art

3.3 History of Film Form

3.4 The Development of Film Language

3.5 The Development of Film’s Creation Methods and Its Aesthetic Style

Chapter 4 Television Culture and Television Communication

4.1 Television as a Communication Medium and Culture Carrier

4.2 Features of Television Culture 4.3 Unprecedented Magnificent Cultural Landscape

4.4 Strategic Planning and Macro - Control of TV Culture Development Part Two History

Chapter 5 Retrospect and Prospect of Film and Television Culture in China after 1949

5.1 Three Historical Phases of Chinese Film and Television Culture after 1949

5.2 Four Waves in the Film and Television Culture Construction in China during the Transitional Period

5.3 Strategic Aims and Strategic Assignments of Chinese Film and Television Culture at the Turn of the Century Chapter 6 Two Traditions of Chinese Film Culture

6.1 Formation and Development of the Two Traditions

6.2 A Modern Interpretation of the Worldly Spirit: Xie Jin and His Hibiscus Town

6.3 A Classical Interpretation of “Poetic Style” --- Wu Yigong and An Old Story in Southern Beijing

Chapter 7 The Evolution of China’s Television Concepts

7.1 Background: Two Phases in the Development of China’s Television

7.2 The Ontology Construction of the Television Industry in China

7.3 The Evolution of Chinese TV Programs in the 1980s and the 1990s

7.4 Evolution of Five Concepts of Chinese Television in the 1990s

7.5 Thoughts upon Heated Issues

7.6 Localization: Strategies and Countermeasures of the Production of Chinese Television Programs

Part Three Analysis, Interviews and Lectures

Chapter 8 Choices in Fission and Introduction: Creation, Development and Cultural Characteristic of Chinese Spoken Drama

8.1 The Inheritance of Functioning Pattern and Conversion of the Functional Content

8.2 Obstacles in the Formation of Artistic Individuality: Imagery of Ideas, Categories, and Stylization

8.3 Audience’s Separation, Adaptation and Creation

Chapter 9 Film and Television Between Mainland China and Taiwan-An Investigation on Film and Television Industries in Taiwan

9.1 The Origin and Aim of This Visit

9.2 Main activities during the Taiwan visit

9.3 A Brief Introduction to Taiwan’s Film Industry

9.4 A Brief Introduction of Taiwan’s Television Industry

9.5 A Brief Introduction of Taiwan’s Film and Television Education

Chapter 10 Interviews and Lectures

10.1 An Interview to Wu Yigong 10.2 My Hope on Future Artist

10.3 The Meaning of Red: Viewing the Chinese Culture from Chinese Films

10.4 TV for One Billion: Historical Evolution, Current Challenges, and Future Trends in China


About Author:

Prof. Hu Zhifeng is professor of film and television studies in Communication University of China, chief editor of Modern Communication Journal, and vice chairman and general secretary of China Higher Education Film Academy and vice chairman and secretary-general of Chinese Collegial Association for Visual Art. Professor Hu is the first Yangtze Scholar awarded by Ministry of Education in the media sector in China. He is one of founders of film, television and radio art discipline in China and a founding figure for Chinese television aesthetics. He has published more 20 academic books on Chinese film and television industries and more than 300 journal articles.

About Translator:

Professor Jin Haina is an associate professor in audiovisual translation in Communication University of China. Her research interests include audiovisual translation and translation history. She has published Towards a History of Translating Chinese Films (1905-1949) 1905-1949). She is also a translator of Chinese films and TV dramas, including Once upon a Time(2017),The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils( 2013)and The Creation of Gods( 2014).

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