Between National and International

  • Xuelin ZhouEmail author


This Chapter explores Zhang Yimou’s oscillation between the national and the international, by means of an analysis of his feature films Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005) and The Flowers of War, seen as two important stages in the director’s cross-cultural journey. By comparing them with their foreign sources of inspiration—the films Man Hunt (1976) and Saving Private Ryan (1998)—we can better understand why and in what ways the Chinese film industry has changed. Also, a trans-national perspective can clarify the directions that the Chinese film industry is likely to take in the future as global co-productions become increasingly common.


Sino-Japan Sino-U.S. Blockbuster High concept film Globalisation International co-production 


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  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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