Traditional Chinese Aesthetics in “Life of Pi”: An Analysis of Traditional Chinese Aesthetics in Ang Lee’s Films under Contemporary Context


With the rapid development of film market in China, more Hollywood films involving Chinese philosophy has begun to proliferate. This paper attempts to investigate what is the impact of traditional Chinese Aesthetics on Hollywood movie. A specific analysis of Ang Lee's latest work Life of Pi is the focus in this paper. Taoist philosophy is employed as the fundamental analyzing framework. The concepts of "Jing-you" (鏡游) and "Jing-yun" (鏡韻) are further discussed. It is concluded that Life of Pi is a great success in practicing combining western and eastern aesthetics by integrating the most advanced technologies under Hollywood productions, while Taoism can be widely recognized as a universal Chinese-ness philosophy for vast form of artworks globally.

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Lin Li, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

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Conference: FilmAsia2013
Stream: Film

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