SOAS University of London

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

East Asian Cinema (UG)

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Term 2

The module is designed to offer a critical overview of East Asian cinema, and its interregional flows from the beginning to the present day. It will be looking at how actors and directors travel across the region. 

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear knowledge about the discourses present in East Asian cinema

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of cross-cultural flows

  • Demonstrate knowledge about East Asian directors and actors

  • Demonstrate critical awareness of core texts of East Asian cinema and apply them to the case studies presented in class


Total taught hours: 20 hours. 2 hours of lectures per week for 10 weeks.

Independent study: 130 hours

Total hours for module: 150 hours

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus will include a focus on directors and actors active around East Asia and topics prevalent in the region. It will similarly introduce some of the core texts and films in relation to East Asian cinema.

Method of assessment

  • Reaction paper (800 words) 25%
  • Essay (2500 words) 75%

Suggested reading

Core Reading

  • Fung, Anthony YH. Asian Popular Culture, New York: Routledge, 2013

  • Iwabuchi, Koichi, Eva Tsai and Chris Berry. Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture, New York: Routledge, 2017

  • Lee, Vivian PY. East Asian Cinemas. Regional Flows and Global Transformations. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules