Changes of Japanese Female Characters in Chinese Films About WWII


World War II is a significant topic for movie makers in China because of its unforgettable influence on Chinese history. Although the culture boom in China serves as a key driver of growth for the movies on World War II in recent years, it has been pointed out that the study on the role of females in the war is insufficient. This study summarizes movies on World War II created by Chinese directors, analyzes the images of Japanese females based on a chronological order, and discovers changes in the description of female characters in such movies. As a result, the analysis shows that more Japanese females are appearing in the movie works and the female's images are much more enriched than before. This implies that the relaxing social and political mood in China has promoted the creation of such movie works and Chinese society has become more tolerant of Japanese culture. This study functions as an addition to the previous study in this field.

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Luyi Liu, Nishinippon Institute of Technology, Japan
Rong Zhang, Nishinippon Institute of Technology, Japan

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Conference: MediAsia2017
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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