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Unformatted text preview: Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and US watched them Mandarin was an important reason US market for action and martial arts films became very popular that Hollywood copied Wuxya film- like the Western in Hollywood, a space outside of society, jianghu (space of drifters, exiles, and heroes) Typically known as male films, females are usually peripheral, more important bond between men 1980s- Hong Kong New Wave- western trained directors working in television, art house elements John Woo saved from poverty by Catholic flying nuns, church as a social space or space of salvation, influenced by his mentor The Mexican Standoff, stalemate as allegory for Hong Kong 1986- Better Tomorrow (action films dealing with the mafia) Chow Yun Fat Theme of nostalgia Good thief, bad cop idea, use of church as a endpoint and beginning Flashbacks make it a film nostalgic for itself...
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- Fall '06