Representations of Comfort Women from Bamboo House of Dolls to Imperial Comfort Women
In “Oscillating Histories: Representations of Comfort Women in Chinese Language Film and Television,” Lily Wong confronts the dark historical legacy of the comfort woman through the lens of Hong Kong and PRC exploitation cinema and television miniseries. While the comfort women issue has become a hotbed for social movements in Korea, Taiwan, Japan China, and elsewhere where protesters demand justice through apologies and reparations, one of the more unexpected responses has been a series of Chinese-language films that frame historical violence as soft-core titillation. In this chapter Wong navigates the often murky ethical waters and complex sexual politics surrounding such productions as Shaw Brothers’ Bamboo House of Dolls (Nü jizhongying, 1972) and the television miniseries Imperial Comfort Women (Diguo junji, 1995).
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