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The Convergence of Popular Music-Film: Zhang Yimou-Zhao Jiping and Spectacles of Sound

The Convergence of Popular Music-Film: Zhang Yimou-Zhao Jiping and Spectacles of Sound

Chapter:
(p.52) Chapter Two The Convergence of Popular Music-Film: Zhang Yimou-Zhao Jiping and Spectacles of Sound
Source:
China in the Mix
Author(s):
Ying Xiao
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496812605.003.0003

This chapter revisits Zhang Yimou’s Red Sorghum (1987) and highlights the film’s innovative employments of sound as metaphor and spectacle that speak to the larger issues of gender, sexuality, national identity, and human nature. As a formal analysis of the film and its indigenous songs and musical themes exhibits, Zhang Yimou and Zhao Jiping’s idiosyncratic, legendary collaboration and superlative synthesization of image-music-text have not only created an extraordinary spectacle that few other films could match, but have also sparked a new trend of cross-production and cross-fertilization between popular music and film since the late 1980s.

Keywords:   Zhang Yimou, Zhao Jiping, Metaphor, Spectacle, image-music-text

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