Martial Arts Fantasies in a Globalized Age: Kung Fu Hustle and Kung Fu Panda

  • Jing Yang


The surge of martial arts films at the dawn of the twenty-first century has witnessed various generic transformations. Stephen Chow’s hilarious Kung Fu Hustle (2004) and Dreamwork’s animation Kung Fu Panda (2008) embody contemporary trends to rejuvenate the classic martial arts genre for worldwide audiences. The artistic hybridity and the alignment of computer-generated special effects and the kung fu body in both films utilize the classic genre to construct a sense of fluidity for global consumers. The chapter examines the dynamic tensions in rewriting martial arts cinema to explore the multifarious efforts to engage audiences in a globalized context.


Martial arts cinema Artistic hybridity Digitalized body Ambiguity Globalization 


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  • Jing Yang
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  1. 1.Guangdong University of Foreign StudiesGuangzhouChina

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