World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Heroic bloodshed

Article Id: WHEBN0000451883
Reproduction Date:

Title: Heroic bloodshed  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Cinema of Hong Kong, Hong Kong action cinema, Chow Yun-fat, Action film, Mob film
Collection: Action Films by Genre, Cinema of Hong Kong, Girls with Guns Films, Heroic Bloodshed Films, Theatrical Combat
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Heroic bloodshed

Heroic bloodshed is a genre of Hong Kong action cinema revolving around stylized action sequences and dramatic themes such as brotherhood, duty, honour, redemption and violence.[1][2] The term heroic bloodshed was coined by editor Rick Baker in the magazine Eastern Heroes[3] in the late 1980s, specifically referring to the styles of directors John Woo and Ringo Lam. Baker defined the genre as "a Hong Kong action film that features a lot of gun play and gangsters rather than kung fu. Lots of blood. Lots of action."[4] Woo's film A Better Tomorrow is said to have popularized the genre. Woo has also been a major influence in its continued popularity and evolution in his later works, namely Hard Boiled, A Better Tomorrow 2, and The Killer.[5]

Contents

  • Motifs 1
  • Heroic bloodshed films 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Motifs

Protagonists in these films are often good-willed criminals, typically Triad members, hit men, or thieves with a strict code of ethics, which in some cases leads to the betrayal of their employers and the saving of many intended victims. The police officer with a conscience, who cannot be corrupted in any way, is also common, and is usually modeled after the hardboiled detective. Loyalty, family and brotherhood are the most typical themes of the genre. Heroic bloodshed films generally have a strong emotional angle, not only between, but during action sequences.

Pistols and submachine guns are frequently utilized by the heroes due to the light weight they provide, enabling their wielders to move more quickly. They are frequently dual wielded. The heroes are extremely agile and implement rolls, dives, slides, and falls while they duel, making for a graceful, ballet-like performance in the midst of gunfire.

Heroic bloodshed films often end on a downbeat or tragic note with the main heroes either dead, arrested by the police, or severely incapacitated.

Heroic bloodshed films

See also

References

  1. ^ Fitzgerald, Martin (2000). Hong Kong's Heroic Bloodshed. Pocket Essentials.  
  2. ^ Davies, Steven Paul (2001). A-Z of Cult Films and Film-Makers. Batsford. p. 26.  
  3. ^ Logan, Bey (1996). Hong Kong Action Cinema. Overlook Press. p. 191.  
  4. ^ Stokes, Lisa Odham; Michael Hoover (1999). City on Fire: Hong Kong Cinema. Verso. p. 333.  
  5. ^ Morton, Lisa (2001). The Cinema of Tsui Hark. McFarland. p. 62.  

External links

  • The Art of Heroic Bloodshed
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Fair are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.