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When the World LaughsFilm Comedy East and West$
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William V. Costanzo

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190924997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190924997.001.0001

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Film Comedy in East Asia

Film Comedy in East Asia

(p.299) 13 Film Comedy in East Asia
When the World Laughs

William V. Costanzo

Oxford University Press

Informed by centuries of Daoist, Buddhist, Shinto, and Confucian thought as well as the particularities of Eastern languages and customs, film comedy in China, Korea, and Japan offers fascinating new viewpoints for Westerners. In contrast to the Greek distinction between comedy and tragedy, laughter in East Asia tends to be allied with equilibrium, an integral part of a balanced state and state of mind. This chapter highlights major figures and trends associated with humor in Japan (Yasujiro Ozu, Juzo Itami, Toshiro Mifune), Korea (Jee-won Kim, Sang-jin Kim), Hong Kong (Jackie Chan, Stephen Chow), Taiwan (Chun Han Wang, Ang Lee), and the People’s Republic of China (Zhang Yimou, Xiaogang Feng).

Keywords:   China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, kung fu

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