Reinventing China: A Generation and its Films

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $7.70
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 61%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (4) from $7.70   
  • New (1) from $67.88   
  • Used (3) from $7.70   


A pioneering study of the startlingly original films by Chinese filmmakers of the 1980s, such as Judou, Raise the Red Lantern, and Farewell My Concubine. These films bring into vivid relief changes in Chinese society over several decades, drawing on interviews with directors including Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, and Tian Zhuangzhuang.

Paul Clark's Chinese Cinema: Culture and Politics since 1949 was a groundbreaking book, and in Reinventing China, Clark continues his exploration of the changes in Chinese society and culture since the 1960s.

The Chinese University Press

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

China Review International
[ Reinventing China] should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities and power of contemporary Chinese Film.

— Mingwei Song

China Review International - Mingwei Song
[Reinventing China] should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities and power of contemporary Chinese Film.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789629962302
  • Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/4/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Clark is Professor of Chinese at the School of Asian Studies, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently completing a cultural history of the Cultural Revolution and has a project on Chinese youth culture spanning the period betweeb1968 to 2008.

The Chinese University Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part 1 Flashbacks: The Cultural Revolution Generation 7
1 Children of Mao 10
2 The Start of the Cultural Revolution 18
3 Sent-Down Youths 28
4 Return to the Cities 36
5 The Film Academy Examinations 50
Part 2 The Beijing Film Academy 55
1 The Academy 56
2 The Curriculum 57
3 Student Films 62
4 Classmates 68
5 Graduation 72
Part 3 The Films of the Fifth Generation 75
1 First Films: One and Eight and The Yellow Earth 77
2 The Spirit of the Times: Wu Ziniu's Films 90
3 From the Margins: Tian Zhuangzhuang's Films 106
4 A Women's Cinema?: The Films of Hu Mei, Peng Xiaolian and Liu Miaomiao 122
5 The Rise of the Entertainment Film: Zhang Jianya and Jiang Haiyang 137
6 "Passion, Courage, Commitment": Chen Kaige's Later Films 146
7 Reds: Zhang Yimou's Films 164
8 Beyond the Fifth Generation 187
Conclusion: Generating the New 205
Notes 213
Chinese Film Title List 237
Suggested Reading 243
Index 247
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)