Color Analysis in the Films of Zhang Yimou


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Color Analysis in the Films of Zhang Yimou
The rich, artistic film-making of Zhang Yimou allows the audience to look deeply into underlying themes and alternative points of view on the lives of his characters. His films are able to display cues about the meaning of the actions of his characters without overt messages through unspoken and creative expression, and also via visual imagery through the use of colour. In this way, these films have been designed to stir philosophical and emotional reactions to the plight of his characters. This essay will explore the ways in which Yimou uses colour as a backdrop for themes in his films Red Sorghum (1987), Ju Dou (1990) and The Story of Qiu Ju (1992).
Zhang Yimou demonstrates, through his films,...
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.....les and values, especially those of rural China during the time of reform, when these films were first made. This shows that there is value in the use of colour as a dynamic symbol in Chinese film-making and cinematography.
Tiaming, W. (Producer), & Yimou, Z. (Director). (1987). Red Sorghum [Motion picture]. China: Xi'an Film Studio.
Jian, H., Tokuma, Y., Wenze, Z. (Producers), & Yimou, Z., Fengliang, Y. (Directors). (1990). Ju Dou [Motion picture]. China: China Film Co-Production Corporation, China Film, Tokuma Shoten & Xi'an Film Studio.
Yiting, F., Ma, F.K. (Producer), & Yimou, Z. (Director). (1992). The Story of Qiu Ju [Motion picture]. China: Sil Metropol, Beijing Film, The Youth Film Studio & China Film.