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“At the Intersection of Film and Music”: Jia Zhangke and Urban Youth Cinema

“At the Intersection of Film and Music”: Jia Zhangke and Urban Youth Cinema

Chapter:
(p.112) Chapter Four “At the Intersection of Film and Music”: Jia Zhangke and Urban Youth Cinema
Source:
China in the Mix
Author(s):
Ying Xiao
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496812605.003.0005

This chapter follows to chart urban youth cinema in relation to popular music at the turn of the twenty-first century. The chapter examines the music-film genre in a broader context of the experiments of the Urban Generation, as for example in Jia Zhangke’s Xiao Wu (1997) and Platform (2000), Zhang Yang’s Quitting (2001), and Lu Xuezhang’s How the Steel Was Tempered (1997). The chapter discusses in particular the aspects of how the films are associated with a specific construction of youth temporality, spatiality, and an aura of nostalgia and authenticity; all are defined through their signature popular music tracks.

Keywords:   Jia Zhangke, urban youth cinema, nostalgia, authenticity, popular music

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