Chinese Cinema Come Drink with Me Film

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In this paper I will examine how the role of traditional Chinese culture plays in martial arts films. I will be focusing on the scene that incorporates Beijing Opera in King Hu’s ‘Come Drink with Me’. ‘Come Drink With Me’ is a pretext martial arts film on the surface as King Hu’s desire was to create a movie that modernized traditional Chinese culture. In this scene the Drunken Cat and his fellow beggar children come into the Teahouse and sing a song to beg for money. Hu used the traditional aspects of Beijing Opera to stylistically enhance and dramatize the scene. I will review how he strengthened the scene through choreography and camera movement. I will also discuss the importance in producing a modern film with inspirations from traditional Chinese culture. We firstly enter the scene at a low angle shot looking up at the Teahouse’s balcony and moving leftwards towards the Drunken Cat and fellow children on the bottom floor. They break out into song performing stylistically similar to Beijing Opera through the rhythm and beat. The music is very symbolic of the Beijing Opera orchestral score- you can recognize the Chinese drums, flute and tambourine. The Drunken Cat leads the children around the room through a high angle shot singing solo with the beggar children retort. When the Drunken Cat is the main focus you see the operatic choreography. The Drunken Cat’s actions are very soft and swift along with his hand gestures, which are prominent in Beijing Opera. This is a strong example of the incorporation by King Hu as The Drunken Cat is portraying strong Beijing Opera representations in a modern setting. We also observe this in other scenes of the film; Hu stylistically choreographed the fight scenes (Wu Xia Pian) to resemble traditional operatic composition because he wanted to create a performance rather than a fight scene. The teahouse scene ends at a low

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