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The Age of New WavesArt Cinema and the Staging of Globalization$
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James Tweedie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858286.001.0001

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The Haunting of Taipei

The Haunting of Taipei

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(p.195) {6} The Haunting of Taipei
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The Age of New Waves
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James Tweedie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858286.003.0007

Ghosts and spirits are conspicuous presences in city films from Taiwan, and this chapter posits the cinematic spectre and the act of haunting as a response to the destruction that accompanies the development of the global city. It suggests that the “low,” often trashy genre of the ghost film is particularly attuned to what Rem Koolhaas calls the “junkspace” left over when one model of urban life has been rendered obsolete by another. The chapter considers both the immensely popular work of Chen Kuo-fu, especially Double Vision, and the slower-paced, more experimental films of Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng. Tsai’s films return repeatedly to vanishing and crumbling spaces and to ghostly figures that transgress the boundaries between inside and outside, foreign and domestic, past and present.

Keywords:   taiwanese new wave, taiwan new cinema, world cinema, city films, ghost films, Rem Koolhaas, Chen Kuo-fu, Tsai Ming-liang, Lee Kang-sheng

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