Zhang Yimou is considered as one of the greatest, if not the greatest film director of the People’s Republic of China. Although he is considered recently to be a pro-government director, he has made a considerable number of films that criticize the Communist Chinese government in the past and present. As films in China have always been seriously censored, and even banned when considered “unduly critical”, directors have to make use of various “skills” and “means” of imagery to make their socio-political criticisms latent but conceivable and effective. The socially critical films of Zhang manifest a development in imagery that is becoming more and more substantial and aesthetically impressive. This article will investigate a series of Zhang’s relevant films to trace the development of his “skills” and “means” of imagery in exercising his criticism of the social and political reality of communist China, so as to formulate for the public a clear understanding of his film art and humanism.
|Keywords:||Zhang Yimou, Films of Social Criticism, Imagery, Communist Chinese Government|
Professor, Department and Graduate School of Media Arts, College of Creative Media, Kushan University of Technology, Tainan, Taiwan
Kushan University, Tainan, Taiwan