Gender and Cultural Imagination - On the Death of the Heroine in “The Grandmaster”
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- Chinese Martial Arts Film; Feminism Film Theory; Female Warrior Image; The Grandmaster
The Grandmaster by Wong Kar-wai is a classic Martial Arts film in the 21st century. The ending of Gong Er in the film inherits the narrative convention that the female hero disappears at the end of the story in Chinese Martial Arts films. This narrative feature, on the one hand, continues the masculine discourse construct of Chinese Martial Arts films that treats female images as sacrificial victims [masculine narrative, that is burying the misfortunes of an era through the disappearance of female characters]. On the other hand, due to the high resemblance between Gong Er and the traditional Chinese image of the Divine Woman, her disappearance symbolizes the loss of ritual society and the sadness of not being able to get what one wants, while metaphorically representing the cultural anxiety and spiritual dilemma of the present generation.
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TY - CONF AU - Hong Yue PY - 2022 DA - 2022/06/01 TI - Gender and Cultural Imagination - On the Death of the Heroine in “The Grandmaster” BT - Proceedings of the 2022 8th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2022) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 613 EP - 618 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220504.112 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.220504.112 ID - Yue2022 ER -