Singapore University of Social Sciences

Chinese Cinema and Culture (百年声光影:华人电影与中华文化传播)

Chinese Cinema and Culture (百年声光影:华人电影与中华文化传播) (CHS253)

Applications Open: 01 October 2022

Applications Close: 30 November 2022

Next Available Intake: January 2023

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Before 1930, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaya had successively launched movies made by Chinese, for example ""Dingjun Mountain"" (1905), ""Zhuangzi's Wife Test"" (1913), ""Whose Fault Is It"" (1925) to ""New Guest"" (1927). At the same time, Shanghai developed into a major film production centre, spreading Chinese culture to Hong Kong, Nanyang and other places through film. Since then, Chinese in different places have devoted themselves to local production and also introduced films produced in other Chinese regions to their adopted lands, contributing to the diversity of Chinese-produced movies. In a century of development, the centre of Chinese film has shifted twice. Firstly, it moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 1949, and then in 2000 it moved from Hong Kong to Beijing. However, the general trend of the diversified development of Chinese movies did not change, thus creating new film movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan and subsequently by the fifth generation of Chinese film makers from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. CHS253 Chinese Cinema and Culture attempts to highlight the diversity of the Chinese film industry through reviewing Chinese film development in various countries and regions in the past century, and investigates their characteristics, co-relationships and influence.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • What is Chinese cinema?
  • Early Chinese cinema: From China, Hong Kong to Malaya
  • China’s First and Second Golden Ages of cinema: 1928 – 1949
  • Chinese cinema and the Nanyang connection: 1930s – 1970s
  • Propaganda films in China and Taiwan: 1949 – 1980
  • Commercial motion pictures in Hong Kong and Taiwan: 1949 – 1980
  • From the Hong Kong New Wave, Taiwan New Cinema to Chinese Fifth Generation Directors: 1980s–1990s
  • An era of crisis and transformation: 1990s – 2000s
  • Chinese cinema in multiracial societies: Singapore and Malaysia (1990s to the present)
  • China as film production powerhouse: 2000s to the present
  • The challenges of other Chinese cinema: 2000s to the present
  • What is the future of Chinese cinema?

Learning Outcome

  • Outline the key characteristics of Chinese cinema.
  • Examine the major historical periods of Chinese cinema in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
  • Discuss the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped Chinese cinema.
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of the characteristics of Chinese culture through the development of Chinese cinema.
  • Use appropriate terminology to discuss Chinese cinema.
  • Identify the most significant films and filmmakers in Chinese cinema and outline their contributions.
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