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Children of Marx and Coca-ColaChinese Avant-garde Art and Independent Cinema$
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Xiaoping Lin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833367

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833367.001.0001

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New Chinese Cinema of the “Sixth Generation”

New Chinese Cinema of the “Sixth Generation”

A Distant Cry of Forsaken Children

(p.91) Chapter 4 New Chinese Cinema of the “Sixth Generation”
Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

Xiaoping Lin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter analyzes five landmark films by Sixth Generation directors. Zhang Yuan’s Beijing Bastard (1993) and Wang Xiaoshuai’s Beijing Bicycle (2001) portray the alienated urban youth victimized by injustice and violence. Meanwhile, Lou Ye’s Suzhou River (2000) and Wang Quan’an’s Lunar Eclipse (2000) depict schizophrenic young female characters torn between true feelings and pragmatic compromises. Finally, Zhang Ming’s Rain Clouds over Wushan (1995) portrays the repressed sexuality of a young worker isolated from society. The works of these Sixth Generation filmmakers is, in general, a study of China’s transformation from a Soviet-style socialist state into a new global capitalist country, or socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Keywords:   Sixth Generation directors, Zhang Yuan, Wang Xiaoshuai, Lou Ye, Wang Quan’an, Zhang Ming, global capitalist country, socialism

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