Cultural Culture In Taiwan

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The film industry has flourished for years around the world, and movie has become one of the most popular entertainment activities among people of all ages in daily life. Today, people have a chance to enjoy a variety of movies such as action film, adventure film, science fiction film and romance film from different countries. Film is not only for entertaining but also a platform of cultural expression. Film carries a certain kind of social value, aesthetics, customs and habits, and specific cultural inheritance, which can influence people’s lives, promote the development of the society and strengthen cultural identity. Taiwanese new cinema in the 1980s has an undoubtedly deep influence on the social culture and identity in Taiwan. Taiwan…show more content…
Throughout the 1970s, a group of hsiang-t’u writers such as Ch’en Ying-chen, Wang chen-ho and Hwang Chun-ming emerged in order to shape the native cultural consciousness. Therefore, their works were closely connected to the contemporary Taiwanese lifestyles, especially focus on the lower-class people who struggle with life. Although the spreading range of print media is not as broad as visual media, it has a profound effect on the new…show more content…
Some of the most representative directors in the Taiwanese New Cinema are Wu Nien-chen, Yang te-Ch’ang and Hou Hsiao-Hsien. These film-makers aimed to present what reality they have seen and experience in the city and rural area. For instance, The Boys from Feng Kuei and Summer at Grandpa’s made by Hou Hsiao-Hsien were based on the poor countryside where he grown up. In addition, I have a deep impression on Hou’s film, Dust in the Wind, that we have watched in class. It is talking about the lives of a Taiwanese young couple, and different lives and social culture between rural village and modern city in Taiwan. Although the storyline is insipid, it is real and resonates with people about the real memory of 1980s and the influences of urbanization in Taiwan. We can also feel the sentiment that the director is trying to present. Through this emotional bond and real scenes, the audiences are able to understand the social culture in the past and in the present and form the native
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