DOI: 10.17265/2159-5526/2020.02.002
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Lita Lyu

Abstract: This paper examines the filming practice of Zhang Yimou's Shadow (2018) in the context of Chinese culture and from the perspectives of contemporary gender theories. It argues that Shadow constructs a male-dominated patriarchal culture and a patricide allegory of the Father and Son structure of power in palace intrigues. Furthermore, it is a history of the acts that the Son takes to get the Father's woman, absolve the tyrannical Father's threat of castration and attain the supreme power. To suit the motif of pa…

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