A Comparative Study of Chinese and Japanese Female Characters Portrayed in Hirokazu Koreeda’s and Ang Lee’s Family Films


China and Japan are both in the circle of Confucian culture. Under the influence of Confucian culture, the basic unit of Chinese and Japanese society was the family rather than the individual. At the same time, the patriarchal-dominated social structure was derived. With the modernization process and the influx of western thoughts, the tolerant image of traditional women under the oppression of "patriarchal culture" has been broken. With the absence of father's role and the decline of "patriarchy", the consciousness of women's identity has begun to awaken, and the new family pattern has been reconstructed. This paper takes the family theme films directed by Hirokazu Koreeda and Ang Lee as the main research object, and deeply analyzes the similarities and differences of the female characters in the two directors' works, and conducts multi-modal discourse analysis on women in the films. With the combination of the visual, auditory and evaluation resources, the paper re-examines the construction of women's gender image in Chinese and Japanese society and the cultural and psychological phenomenon in Chinese and Japanese society. At the same time, on this basis, the article also discusses how the positive female images are shaped to help women to break the stereotype and create a diversified female image.

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Zheng Chen, East China University of Science and Technology, China
Zhong Wang, East China University of Science and Technology, China

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Conference: MediAsia2020
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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