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Eastern Westerns

Film and Genre Outside and Inside Hollywood, 1st Edition

By Stephen Teo


272 pages | 66 B/W Illus.

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The western, one of Hollywood’s great film genres, has, surprisingly, enjoyed a revival recently in Asia and in other parts of the world, whilst at the same time declining in America. Although the western is often seen as an example of American cultural dominance, this book challenges this view. It considers the western from an Asian perspective, exploring why the rise of Asian westerns has come about, and examining how its aesthetics, styles and politics have evolved as a result. It analyses specific Asian Westerns as well as Westerns made elsewhere, including in Australia, Europe, and Hollywood, to demonstrate how these employ Asian philosophical and mythical ideas and value systems. The book concludes that the western is a genre which is truly global, and not one that that is purely intrinsic to America.

Table of Contents

Part I: Eastern Westerns

1. Tears of the Black Tiger and the Southeast Asian Western

2. Sukiyaki Western Django, Asian Flavour of the Western Circuit

3. The Good, The Bad, The Weird and the Manchurian Western

4. Let the Bullets Fly, a Chinese Revolutionary Western

5. No Man’s Land and Wind Blast, Post-Westerns in the Chinese West

6. Sholay, The Western’s Passage to India

Part II: Westerns Inside and Outside of Hollywood

7. Django Unchained as Asian Western

8. Dharma and Sexuality in Brokeback Mountain

9. The Magnificent Seven, the Prototype Eastern Western

10. An Asian Reading of Two Australian Aboriginal Westerns, Jedda and Mystery Road

11. Rasa in Once Upon a Time in the West

12. Rasa and Dharma in John Ford’s The Searchers

About the Author

Stephen Teo is an Associate Professor in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at [email protected]

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General