150 Film Analysis

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Film Analysis 1 The Big Boss, The Machismo Gender politics is one of the hot issues involved in the modern movies. Among the movies we have watched in class, The Big Boss represents manhood and womanhood by reinforcing the male characters’ masculinity and female characters’ femininity. However, the movie is problematic undermining women’s social status since male characters dominant the film while female characters are almost non-exist. The pointless action of the female protagonists reveal of powerless of the group of women. Some clips negatively affect women’s image by showing that women are obstacles to the male protagonist’s development in the film. To look at the cinema, by manipulating the filmic elements, the director implies different characteristics and power between men and women as well. The reason behind the inequality is a complex, but cultural significance can easily answer this since Chinese men always dominating women since hundreds of years ago, it is called machismo. The Big Boss is a machismo movie, which focuses too much on male masculinity and undermines the significance of female. The unbalanced portion of scenes that are played by men and women indicates the inequality between genders. Chao An, the male protagonist played by Bruce Lee dominants the movie more than 90% of the time and leaves little time for Chiao Mei, the female protagonist. Fighting is the storyline of Bruce Lee’s movie; people enjoy watching Bruce Lee beating others with Chinese Kungfu. Some people might argue that it is reasonable that male characters show up more than female since women are not so good as men on fighting. If we look at another famous martial art movie, however, the Supercop, we will realize that women still can do something in the martial art. For example, there are more female characters in Supercop, which makes the movie more interesting. To some

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