New course looks at how the action film genre, part of East Asian national-popular traditions, circulates around the world.
UCLA students can explore Asia through a wide variety of courses. Below is a new offering for spring 2006. Course descriptions and schedules are available in the UCLAsia section of the Asia Institute website.
Asian Action Films
Film and Television 188G
Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media
Instructor: Jun Okada
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 am - 1 pm, 1409 Melnitz Hall
Lecture/screenings 8 hours/week, discussion 1 hour/week
This course covers the history of the action film genre and explores the cultural context in which these films have been produced. Films from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea will be examined, including important films from directors/producers such as the Shaw Brothers, Suzuki Seijun, Tsui Hark, King Hu, and John Wu. Films featuring performances by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Michelle Yeoh are part of the mix. The course will also look at exciting subgenres and national specialities, some which have achieved success beyond regional borders. These include kung fu, yakuza, and flying swordsman films. How have ideas about globalization, national culture, gender and race shaped films and how have films affected discussions of these issues?