TRAFFIC IN GENRE:
East Asian Film and Lecture Series
In conjunction with the WEAI 60th Anniversary. Sponsors: Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Center for Korean Research
FILM AND LECTURE SERIES SCHEDULE
Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain is a groundbreaking film that established Tsui Hark as one of Hong Kong's best New Wave filmmakers. Loosely based on Chinese mythology, the film stars Yuen Biao as Ti Ming Chi, a soldier caught between warring armies on Zu Mountain. He escapes into the mountain's mystical regions, which are home to ghoulish evil disciples and noble heroes, all possessing magical abilities. By joining Ting Yin (Adam Cheng), a master swordsman, Ming Chi is thrust onto a perilous quest to find the powerful Twin Swords. They are the only weapons capable of destroying an evil demon, contained temporarily by the wise Long Brows (Sammo Hung). When the demon possesses the swordsman's body in the palace of a healer Countess (Brigitte Lin), Ming Chi must complete the quest by finding the swords' keeper and uniting the weapons with the aid of an insecure monk.
JINSOO AN is an Assistant Professor at School of Design and Media of Hongik University in Korea. He completed a Ph.D. at UCLA with a dissertation on the golden age melodrama films of Korea (from 1953 to 1972). He has written on the topics related to Korean cinema of the 1960s including representation of Christianity, historical drama, courtroom drama, cult film and Manchurian action film. His current project focuses on representation of colonialism as historical past in South Korean cinema. His other interests include history and visuality of interactive media art.
YOMI BRAESTER, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Washington in Seattle, is the author of Witness against History: Literature, Film, and Public Discourse in Twentieth-Century China (Stanford University Press, 2003) and Painting the City Red: Chinese Cinema and the Urban Contract (forthcoming from Duke University Press).
MICHAEL RAINE is Assistant Professor in Japanese Cinema at the University of Chicago. He is writing a book on the tension between a "culture of the copy" in postwar Japanese commercial cinema and a "culture of authenticity" in the Japanese New Wave around 1960. He is also developing a project on image culture in wartime Japan and its territories, with a particular focus on the rhetorical construction of documentary (bunka eiga) and propaganda features (kokusaku eiga). His other interests in film studies include the history of film theory, particularly political modernism and the potential for a Peircian theory of film, and using digital media for teaching and research, including subtitling as both an historical practice and an aesthetic problem in the relation between text and image.
MEE CHANG is an MA student in Korean Literature at Columbia University.
All events will be open both to the academic community at Columbia and the general public. Films, dates & speakers are subject to change.