The Liverpool Film Seminar, is a collaboration between the Departments of Film Studies at LJMU and Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool that has been running eight years after launching in 2010.
Professor Chris Berry (King's College London) will present a talk entitled China’s Rambo? Wolf Warrior 2 and Chinese Masculinity
China’s most successful film at the box office (with 50% more earnings than its nearest competitor) and its only film in the global top 100 is Wolf Warrior 2 (Zhanlang 2, Wu Jing, 2017). Set in an unnamed African country and focusing on a former Chinese soldier discharged for being unable to control his anger in the face of injustice, this action adventure film has understandably been compared to Rambo. This presentation examines the parallels with Rambo and other Western models of 'toxic masculinity'. But it also locates it in the context of previous Chinese cinematic representations of encounters with foreigners and travel. Where previous films were always concerned with foreigners coming to China, Chinese movies are now outward bound. In this almost unprecedented situation, local archetypes that Wolf Warrior 2 draws on are harder - but not impossible - to find.
About Professor Berry
Chris Berry is Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London. Prior to his current appointment, he taught at La Trobe University in Melbourne, The University of California, Berkeley, and Goldsmiths, University of London. Primary publications include: Cinema and the National: China on Screen (2006); Postsocialist Cinema in Post-Mao China: the Cultural Revolution after the Cultural Revolution (2004); Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation (2017); Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture (2016); Public Space, Media Space (2013); Chinese Cinema, 4 vols, (2012); and The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement: For the Public Record (2010).
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