5/14/19 "The Shaw Brothers, bangpian, and Global Bondmania" with Dr. See Kam Tan

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
6:10-7:30 PM
Wellman 126

Abstract: In the 1960s, Sean Connery’s James Bond films, especially noted for high-tech thrills, exotic locations, and sexy adventures, whipped up a global Bondmania. Global Bondmania spawned the Bond film series (and related paraphernalia and franchises), while creating clusters of fans for Bond movies beyond the English-speaking world. It triggered Bond-inspired film productions around the world, of which the Shaw Brothers’ bangpian 邦片 were a representative example. The Shaw Brothers transmuted the Bond films while extending global Bondmania’s cultural citizenship. The lecture provides a close-up study of bangpian’s celebration of the ‘trans-ness’ of mongrelization, creolization, hybridization, and cross-cultural transformation.

Bio: Dr. See Kam TAN is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau. He is Chair of the Asian Cinema Studies Society and Chief Editor of Asian Cinema. His research interests include Chinese-language cinema (with a particular focus in the cinemas of Hong Kong and Singapore), and gender studies. His latest publications include Tsui Hark’s Peking Opera Blues (2015) and The Palgrave Handbook of Asian Cinemas (2018).

Co-sponsored by East Asian Studiestan flier