Remaking Ozu : Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Café Lumière

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Abstract

Café Lumiere pairs the Ozu/Hou doublet with the Lumiere brothers, the legendary founding fathers of cinema. Café Lumiere , coffee shop under light, is more than a handy reference to a personal experience and an intercultural wordplay. It is also a historical conceit that offers a look back on historical phases. This chapter takes a direct approach (by way of segmentation) to note the textual correlatives, parallels, and inter-generational echoes, to reach an understanding of Hou's design in interweaving the life of a Tokyo woman with the history of cinema and Sino-Japanese cultural politics. By tracing the diegetic time of Café Lumiere , we find that Yoko's "uneventful" daily activities not only reveal epistemological clues of a young woman's desire in Tokyo, they also offer points of entry into Hou's revision of cinema and history.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe poetics of Chinese cinema
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages97-118
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781137566089
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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