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050307 CHIN 339 More comments / skepticism for the final – not just telling but raising own questions Shaolin Temple o Regarded as milestone martial arts film o Collaboration between Hong Kong and China – director is from HK, started to form this idea to find partners / colleagues in mainland China to work together on a film (started in 1979) o Ping Pong diplomacy Even started with Mao during the Cultural Revolution U.S. only recognized Taiwan as the official government – mainland wasn’t acknowledged by the U.S. Mao and Nixon wanted to resume relations between the two countries – Zhou Enlai thought sports might be a good way to test the water China sent a team to the U.S. for an unofficial visit – play for an exhibition – crucial o Martial arts – known as wushu in the mainland instead of wuxia Last years of the Cultural Revolution – Jet Li sent over to the U.S. to perform for Nixon on the White House lawn o Why such long martial arts scenes? All the “actors” were real wushu athletes – over 120 from all over China, no stuntmen o Shaolin tradition revered in martial arts culture Established in Tang dynasty Historical context: Li Shi Min saved by 13 Shaolin monks, given emperor’s decree to be allowed to break traditional rules Transgression of the rules Early hint of hooliganism? Film’s lack of political agenda / message / ideology
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course CHIN 339 taught by Professor Wang during the Spring '07 term at Wellesley College.

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