The Golden Age Of Chinese Film Industry

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During the 1930’s the Chinese Film Industry underwent several improvements in film techniques; improvements in film quality and the advancements in sound quality, which led to this period being called the “Golden Age” of Chinese film. Some very important directors of the time were Sun Yu, Yonggang Wu and Muzhi Yuan saw the potential to educate the masses through the film Industry. This was done by highlighting the problems in society; such as inequality between the genders. This was done by showcasing the plight and struggles of the lower classes who struggled against society’s Confucian morality and values. The main areas that these directors focus upon in their films were social issues, class struggles and urbanisation which can be seen in their films, Daybreak (1933) a film about a traditional rural couple moving to cosmopolitan Shanghai only to be corrupted by the city. The Goddess (1935) follow the life of a mother forced into prostitution and her struggle to put her son through education. She suffers abuse from a “Boss” but also experiencing the social abuse and stigma attached to her work. Street Angel (1937) which follows a group of friends who help each other in their dire, poor circumstances and stand up against the oppression of being exploited by society. Through these three films, these famous leftist directors educate the nation on the issues of the time.

One of the primary issues these films look at are the social problems of the 1930’s; this can be seen in

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