Chinese cinema is a global powerhouse, winning major international awards and capturing remarkable box office receipts. However, like most Chinese stories, that of Chinese film is a long and intricate one. In this course, students will be exposed to the broad historical scope of Chinese cinema from the earliest silent films of the 1920s to some of the most recent cirtical productions. Through films by Zhang Yimou, Ang Lee, Stephen Chow and Bruce Lee, among many others, students will expolore the fundamental tensions between artistic expression and the political context of the day in addition to commercial pressures. Students will also approach issues of identity, gender, ethnicity, and modernity while developing basic film analysis techniques.