[V23-N1-5] Rescuing female desire from revolutionary history: Chinese women’s cinema in the 1980s

Author Lidan Hu
Date 2017년 3월





This paper examines Chinese women’s cinema in the 1980s, focusing on Army Nurse (Nüer Lou, dir. Hu Mei, 1985) and Women on the Long March (Mati shengsui, dir. Liu Miaomiao, 1987), both war films directed by two of the most prominent women directors who appeared on the scene in post-socialist China. While female desire is routinely repressed in mainstream war films, Army Nurse and Women on the Long March give voice to women soldiers and their personal memories. My close reading of the films focuses on the ways in which female desires are represented in their narratives and aesthetics. In doing so, I aim to explore the re-emergence of female desire, which was repressed in one way or another during the Mao era, in women’s cinema of the 1980s in mainland China.

KEYWORDS: War films, female desire, women soldiers, women’s cinema​


本文考察八十年代中国大陆的女性电影,主要讨论两部战争题材的影片: ⟪女儿楼⟫(胡玫,1985)和⟪马蹄声碎⟫(刘苗苗,1986)。两部电影的导演都属中国最杰出女性电影导演之列。女性欲望在主流的战争题材电影中通常是被压抑的,而⟪女儿楼⟫与⟪马蹄声碎⟫使女战士们得以发声,并使个体记忆得以重述。本文主要分析女性欲望在电影的叙事和美学上的表达,由此探索在毛时代以各种形式被遮蔽的女性欲望如何在八十年代中国大陆女性电影中复现。

KEYWORDS: 战争题材电影, 女性欲望, 女战士, 女性电影