IJLLL 2017 Vol.3(3): 86-90 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2017.3.3.115

The Three “ThingnessWorlds” in the Films of Zhang Yimou - Using Raise the Red Lantern as an Example

Chenlin Wei
Abstract—In the film Raise the Red Lantern, Zhang Yimou utilizes the red lantern as a mysterious symbol, representing identity and status. The lanterns being either lit or extinguished determine the fate of the women in the film’s feudal society, showing the helplessness of the female condition. Even those who try to rebel are ultimately powerless against the forces of men; they can only linger sorrowfully under the male oppression. This essay will explore Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern using Martin Heidegger’s theory of the “thingness worlds”. Zhang’s unique cinematographic perspective and the hidden meaning of the piece will be unveiled by studying the “immediate surrounding world”, the “artistic world” and the “future world” in the film.

Index Terms—Heidegger, raise the red lantern, world.

Wei Chenlin is with the School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (e-mail: bettywei@hku.hk).
Christian Nordvall is with the School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong (e-mail: u3003473@connect.hku.hk).

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Cite: Chenlin Wei, "The Three “ThingnessWorlds” in the Films of Zhang Yimou - Using Raise the Red Lantern as an Example," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 86-90, 2017.

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