Exploration in the Mist of the History: Review of Blind Spots in Research on History of Taiwanese Cinema


Past discussion on the history of Taiwanese cinema rarely focused on the Japanese colonial period. By literature review and new findings of historical data, this study explores past arguments on the history of Taiwanese cinema from three dimensions in order to probe into the mist and perspective of the research on the history of Taiwanese cinema of the Japanese colonial period: 1. On the colony, the development of Taiwanese cinema as business was slower. They successively became the entertainment accepted by the Taiwanese. Therefore, before the films turned into regular form of entertainment, film playing and making have been applied by the colonial authorities. 2. Among Chinese literatures, the previous perspectives on the history of Taiwanese cinema mostly referred to the Chinese’s perspectives of film history constructed by Shanghai’s film industry from China. Such historical point of view tended to neglect development context of Taiwanese cinema under the Japanese governance. 3. In film history literatures of Japan, it lacks the discussion on film activities in Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period. Since Taiwanese cinema did not exist in the Japanese film history, it revealed the absent of the historical discussion and perspective on Taiwan as the colony. Thus, this study explores the blind spots in past research on the history of Taiwanese cinema through more macroscopic views of world film history, Chinese film history and Japanese film history in order to review the vision and new direction of research on the history of Taiwanese cinema during the Japanese colonial period.

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Hsien-cheng Liu, Kun Shan University, Taiwan

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Conference: MediAsia2019
Stream: Media History

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