Transnational Asian Identities in Pan-Pacific Cinemas
The Reel Asian Exchange
Edited by Philippa Gates, Lisa Funnell
Routledge – 2012 – 244 pages
This collection examines the exchange of Asian identities taking place at the levels of both film production and film reception amongst pan-Pacific cinemas. The authors consider, on the one hand, texts that exhibit what Mette Hjort refers to as, "marked transnationality," and on the other, the polysemic nature of transnational film texts by examining the release and reception of these films. The topics explored in this collection include the innovation of Hollywood generic formulas into 1950's and 1960's Hong Kong and Japanese films; the examination of Thai and Japanese raced and gendered identity in Asian and American films; the reception of Hollywood films in pre-1949 China and millennial Japan; the production and performance of Asian adoptee identity and subjectivity; the political implications and interpretations of migrating Chinese female stars; and the production and reception of pan-Pacific co-productions..
Introduction: Cinematic Transnationalism, Philippa Gates and Lisa Funnell I: Remixing/Remaking Formulas 1. Asian Renovation: Negotiating National Identity in the Transnational Buddy Cop Action Film, Philippa Gates 2. Jet Li Meets Jackie Chan: Transnational Asian/American Identities in Action, Lan Dong 3. Paradox of Americanism: Kobayashi Akira and the "Japanese Western", Hiroshi Kitamura 4. Cultural Odor in the Global Order: Intertextuality and the Raced Japanese Body, Jun Okada II: Perception/Reception 5 . Learning Bushidō from Abroad: Japanese reactions to The Last Samurai, Jayson Makoto Chun 6. Illegitimate Gloss: From Anna Leonowens’ Tuptim to Contemporary Thai/American Sexploitation, Pahole Sookkasikon 7. Translating American Films to Chinese Audience: Agency and Appropriation of Foreign Culture in China during the Republican Period (1911-1949), Zhiwei Xiao 8. Questions of Cultural Proximity and the Asian-Popular: South Korean Audiences Watching Zhang Yimou’s Martial Arts Blockbusters, Nikki J.Y. Lee 9. Troubled History, Contested Reception: Trans-Asian Co-productions and the Ethics of Memory, Yun Mi Hwang III: Female Fandom/ Stardom 10. Migrating West…To the East: Transnational Chinese Canadians in Post-1997 Hong Kong Cinema, Lisa Funnell 11. National Allegory, Transnational Identity, and Post Orientalism: The Cinematic Images of Gong Li, Ka F. Wong 12. O Ren Ishii: The Cultification of the Asian Female Avenger in Kill Bill, Leung Wing-Fai IV: Hybrid Identities 13. Mysterious Object at Noon: The Metaphysical Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Angela O’Hara 14. Crossing (Out) Boundaries: Cinematic Expression of Adoptee Kinship and Global Belonging, Aino Rinhaug 15. Trauma and Taiwan’s Melodrama: Seven Orphans of Cape No. 7, Sheng-Mei Ma
Philippa Gates is an Associate Professor and the Film Studies Program Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Lisa Funnell is a Lecturer in Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.