This lecture maps films across a two-axis matrix: genre and national origin. In other words, it will look at several of the most popular and richly represented genres of contemporary film: gangster; horror; action; and melodrama, paying special attention to the “local” differences in agenda, nuance, and poetics of those genres as they are realized in different linguistic, socio-historical, and cultural contexts. Examples will include films from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
This is the third lecture out of a series of five in the East Asia Film Literacies Lecture Series. This lecture was given by Visiting East-West Center Scholar, Earl Jackson, Jr., Associate Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, on November 13, 2003, in Crawford Hall 115 from 3:00-5:00 PM.