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Chinese Cultural Spirit: The Expression of Values in Chinese Films

Haizhou Wang ORCID logo and Yaxuan Yuan

Abstract

One of the particular characteristics of Chinese films is that they are based on the unique sources of Chinese cultural thought. This article examines the main spiritual ideas of traditional Chinese culture through the lens of the three relationships between heaven and man, humans and other humans, and man and himself. It explores how Chinese films made in different cultural contexts and historical backgrounds have expressed the spirit of Chinese culture through both inheritance and transformation. We approach this issue by focusing on expressions of the traditional concepts of “the unity of man and heaven,” “vigor and promise,” “balanced harmony and the golden mean,” and “the unity of body and mind.”


Corresponding author: Haizhou Wang, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China, E-mail:
Translated by: Wen Zhang, Communication University of China, Beijing, China.

Funding source: The Great Wall Scholar Scheme of Beijing Education Commission

Award Identifier / Grant number: CIT&TCD20190316

Funding source: General History of Film Translation in China

Award Identifier / Grant number: 20&ZD313

Funding source: The Inheritance and Development of Chinese Artistic Traditions in Contemporary Chinese Films

Award Identifier / Grant number: 20ZD18

Acknowledgements

This article is supported by the research funds of the Advanced Innovation Center for Future Visual Entertainment at the Beijing Film Academy, the China National Social Science Major Research Project in Arts, “The Inheritance and Development of Chinese Artistic Traditions in Contemporary Chinese Films” (grant number: 20ZD18), the China National Social Science Major Research Project, “General History of Film Translation in China” (grant number: 20&ZD313), and the Great Wall Scholar Scheme of Beijing Education Commission (grant number: CIT&TCD20190316).

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