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Filmmaker Generations in Mainland Chinese Cinema

Eija Niskanen
language: English
subtitles: Polish, English, Dutch, Finnish, Italian


Eija Niskanen discusses the concept of "generations" in mainland Chinese cinema. The first part of the lecture covers the production history and influence of a significant film, Yellow Earth, that launched the 5th generation film style. Later she moves to discuss the urban 6th generation filmmaking. The last part of the lecture introduces one of the most important filmmakers, Jia Zhang-ke, who rose into work recognition from the 6th generation.

Eija Niskanen

Eija Niskanen holds an MA from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), where she majored in art education and wrote her MA thesis on Akira Kurosawa, and an MA in Critical Studies in Film and Television from UCLA. She has compiled industrial research reports on Japanese film and anime industry, written articles on film festival research and Japanese anime for academic publications, and teaches Asian cinema and animation at the University of Helsinki. She is one of the founders of Helsinki International Film Festival and Helsinki Cine Aasia, and works as the programming director for the latter.


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Further reading

"Yellow Earth": Western Analysis and a Non-Western Text, Esther C. M. Yau in Film Quarterly, 41(2) (1987)

Review: [Untitled], Panpan Yang in China Review International, Vol. 24, no. 1 (2017) https://www.jstor.org/stable/26892081

Silent Is the Ancient Plain: Music, Filmmaking, and the Conception of Reform in China's New Cinema, Rey Chow in Discourse Vol. 12, no. 2 (1990)

The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (2007), edited by Zhang Zhen, Duke University Press

Cinema, Realism, and the World According to Jia Zhangke, David Richler in Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Volume 25 Issue 2, October 2016

Time, History, and Memory in Jia Zhangke's "24 City", Shu-chin Wu in Film Criticism, Vol. 36, No. 1 (2011)

Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang, dir. Walter Salle (2014)

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