Home > Catalogue > Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale > Supplemento 59 | 2023 > Fragile National Identity in Taiwanese Historical Film

Fragile National Identity in Taiwanese Historical Film

A Narrative Analysis of Selected Case Studies from the 1980s to 2010s

Yiling Pan    Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France    



This paper aims to redefine and negotiate the boundaries of Taiwan’s identity through an examination of historical films, delving into its complexity and fragility. It begins by providing a contextualisation of Taiwanese historical films. It then proceeds to compare narrative styles between the 1980s Taiwan New Cinema and 2010s films, tracing the transition from one historical interpretation to another. Lastly, it argues for a distinct narrative style in the 2010s, citing examples from feature films and documentaries. This study contributes to the understanding of Taiwan’s multifaceted national identity and the role of cinema in shaping it.

Dec. 1, 2023
Feb. 6, 2023
Nov. 24, 2022

Keywords: National cinemaTaiwanese identityTaiwan cinemaLiterature and CinemaHistorical narrativeNew historicism

Copyright: © 2023 Yiling Pan. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.