Investigation on Historical Representation by the Case Study of Taiwan Historical Drama Films


Under the discourse of “historiophoty”, historical drama films can be both entertainment and media of conveying history. Historical drama films not only have been taken as the material of history study by historians, but also affect viewers’ cognition of history. The main subjects in this research are the Taiwan historical drama films which depict the history of Japanese colonial period in Taiwan (1895-1945). During Japanese colonial period, when Taiwan was transformed into a modern society, lots of modern facilities and architecture were constructed and had great impact on Taiwan cityscapes. Therefore, by looking into the relationship between the elements of history and film, this research aims to see how the films represent the history and what history they intend to represent. In this research, the selected films which conform to the definition of “collective memory” are categorized by the ways in which they recreated their movie scenes. The further investigation of this research has been taking these selected films as the bridge of the past and present to focus on how the films recall the memories of the citizens as well as strengthen the linkage between citizens and the past through the portraying of the fabric of cities.

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Chih-Hsien Li, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

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Conference: FilmAsia2014
Stream: Film Direction and Production

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