East Asian Cinema (PG)

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Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Module overview

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 and critical knowledge about the discourses present in East Asian cinema
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of cross-cultural flows and the ability to analyse the critically and in context
  • Apply the theoretical concepts from the core texts to East Asian cinema in an articulate and critical manner


Total taught hours : 20 hours. 1 hour of lecture and 1 hour of seminar 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 (900 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.


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