CFP: King Hu and Wuxia Films, May 2017

King Hu and Wuxia: The Chinese Martial Arts Film as an International Genre

Call for Papers

Center for Cinematic Studies, Shanghai Theatre Academy
The King Hu Foundation, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
May 26-28, 2017

The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of the great Chinese-language martial arts film director King Hu (1932-1997). With the works of Come Drink with Me (1966), Dragon Gate Inn (1967), A Touch of Zen (1971) and the like, King Hu brought Chinese-language cinema to the spotlight of the international film community, and elevated the martial-arts genre to a globally recognized place. Blending elements of Japanese samurai films, Western editing techniques, and classical Chinese philosophy, King Hu nurtured a new school of martial arts films, which would subsequently inspire some of the most well-known contemporary filmmakers, such as Ang Lee, Zhang Yimou, Tsui Hark, and Quentin Tarantino.

Director King Hu's memorial site at the Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California.

Director King Hu’s memorial site at the Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California.

To celebrate the legacy of King Hu, and to explore the martial arts film as an international genre, Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), in association with the Los Angeles-based King Hu Foundation, will jointly host the “King Hu and Wuxia” international symposium between May 26 and 28, 2017 (Registration Day: May 26, 2017), to be held at STA, Shanghai. In addition to exchange of ideas, participants will also get the rare chance to see some of King Hu’s personal items on display, the first such exhibition ever held in the world.

The symposium welcomes all articles and proposals related to the subject. It is particularly interested in the ones that address the theme of “crossing” and “transnational,” such as King Hu as a “border-crossing” or “transnational” filmmaker and the martial arts film as a “border-crossing” and “global” genre that is in dialogue with other global film movements. Please send your articles or proposals to Prof. Shaoyi Sun at shaoyis@gmail.com

Paper/Proposal submission deadline: May 7, 2017.

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