Motion pictures reveal much about the countries where they were made. What can you learn about a county by watching its motion pictures? Use specific examples to explain your answer.
Movies tell us much about the countries where they were made. Let us look at three examples: Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States.
First, the Japanese see themselves as kind, soft-hearted people in a cruel world. Their movies reflect this self-image. The typical Japanese movie involves a well-meaning, trusting person who wanders into unfamiliar territory and is treated badly. The ending may be happy or sad, but the message remains the same: we are a misunderstood, persecuted people.
Second, Hong Kong movies have fantastic stories. A single swordsman may confront an entire army and win. The message is: China can take on the world. One Chinese is worth a thousand of his enemies. Although Hong Kong cinema is full of violence, it is highly stylized violence, unlikely to be copied in real life. Also, Hong Kong movies have a strong moral element – a noble hero versus an evil villain.
Third, violence in U.S. movies is different. It is both crude and cruel, and could indeed be copied in real life. U.S. movies also may have no “hero” and “villain,” but instead two equally vicious enemies. The “hero is whoever kills the other first. Brutality, cruelty, and amorality in American films, some would say, reflect the character of American society.
In conclusion, one could extend this list. French and Italian movies are full of romance. Russian movies tend to be serious and formalistic. case, however, movies are characteristic of the countries where they are made. A Russian could not have made Star Wars, nor could a French. director have made Kurosawa’s Rashomon. To a large extent, nationality shapes cinema