IJLLL 2021 Vol.7(3): 111-115 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2021.7.3.296

A Feminist Film Analysis of the Representation of Woman in Chinese Film Noir: Based on the Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful

Zixiang Xi
Abstract—The cinema industry has always presented female figures from a patriarchal perspective, propagandizing the men’s authority over women. The typical character “female fatale” with fatal sexual attraction in the genre film noir has already been the focus of many feminist scholars. The essay focuses on the issue of the representation of women in Chinese film noir through examining the female figures in The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful (2017) by close textual analysis. Three heroines, the mom Madame Tang, the daughters Tang Ning and Tang Zhen, as the embodiment of “female fatale” drive the film’s plot and articulate their agency of resisting the masculine power. However, the study will prove that the Chinese female fatale conventionally cannot escape from the fatal tragedy and pessimism in their unsolvable dilemma.

Index Terms—Film noir, female fatale, patriarchy, male gaze, myth.

Zixiang Xi is with University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK; Now she is with London School of Economics and Political Science under the Department of Anthropology, London, UK (e-mail: Claudiaxi0428@outlook.com).

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Cite:Zixiang Xi, "A Feminist Film Analysis of the Representation of Woman in Chinese Film Noir: Based on the Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 111-115, 2021.

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