How the Chinese Film School Shows Cultural Self-confidence in the New Era

By: Zifei Kong  

Cultural self-confidence is the full affirmation of the cultural value of a nation, a country, and a political party. In the context of globalization, the number of Chinese movies and box offices have shown a rapid growth and become an important export of culture. Excellent Chinese movies in the past, such as Hero, Farewell My Concubine, House of Flying Daggers, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as a cultural symbol of "local character", are deeply concerned and loved by global audiences. In recent years, the concept of Chinese film school has become a catalyst for the outward development of Chinese movies. Hou Guangming, Professor of Beijing Film Academy, once pointed out that the Chinese film school is characterized by "coming from China, reflecting, China and representing China". This article asserts that Chinese film school needs to change China in the future. One is to reverse the phenomenon that the integral label is not significant enough in the history of Chinese film. The other is to change the status and trend of Chinese film. The third is to change the social outlook with cultural landscape shown by Chinese film. In this paper, I explore how Chinese movies get rid of "cultural Thaksin", form "cultural self-reliance", and realize "cultural self-confidence" in the new era from three aspects: self-confidence in national cultural tradition, self-confidence on the road of realistic development, and self-confidence in future development prospects.

Chinese Film School;Cultural Self-confidence;the New Era
Media Cultures
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Zifei Kong

Lecturer, Digital Media Department, Neusoft Institute Guangdong, China