[csaa-forum] REMINDER - Screening: Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home

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** Screening: Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home
Tuesday 20th September, 5 - 7.30pm

** Room 327, Robert Webster Building, UNSW

The title of Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home (2014) is a metaphor. It not only means the protagonist Lu Yanshi’s homecoming, but also director Zhang's return. Zhang said: “Coming Home reflects the return of my creative mind, I can quietly make a movie.” From the narrative tradition of Chinese film history, Coming Home seems to be a continuation of Xie Jin's ‘scar and reflection’ films. Coming Home tells a story of an intelligent family suffering a trauma in the Cultural Revolution. The main protagonist is an intellectual, and there is also an important female role of the ‘Earthly Mother’. This is the first time an intellectual is the lead character in a Zhang film. The fundamental difference between Coming Home and the scar and reflection films is that Lu Yanshi is not an intellectual concerned with the fate of his country, but a person without politics. As a result, Coming Home loses the scar and reflection films’ strength of an intellectual’s reflection. As an innocent man, Lu
Yanshi’s experience conveys a strong sense of tragedy.

This seminar will include a screening of Coming Home.

Associate Professor Yue Xiao-ying is from the School of Art, Southeast University, Nanjing, P.R. China.  A/Prof. Yue is currently at UNSW as a Visiting Scholar. Her current research project is “Cross-cultural Communication in Chinese Films”.

Refreshments will be served during the seminar.

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