Comparative Study on Similarities and Differences between Chinese and American Hero in Movie
Updated: 2013-10-09 15:19
By Wanying Zheng (chinadaily.com.cn)
However, affected by different cultural backgrounds between China and the U.S., the Characteristics of hero in American movies can't be duplicated in Chinese movies. In the Chinese movies, firstly, heroes always have greater responsibility of the whole country and nation. Whenever there is a contradiction between the interest of nation and their own, they always choose to sacrifice themselves. In the movie The Hero, directed by Yimou Zhang, in order to revenge for his nation, Wuming sacrificed his friends and also herself.
Secondly, heroes in Chinese movies seems to be perfect in their personalities. The image of the hero is more extraordinary, can be hardly found in the real world. For example, in Chinese Kungfu movie, heroes always have unbelievable Kungfu, while also have an extraordinary peaceful and powerful heart. Chinese are more fond of prettifying their hero, so that the image of the hero can be remembered forever.
Thirdly, heroes in Chinese movies are always tragic and unlucky figures. In order to pursue their goals, they have to sacrifice themselves. Thus the ending for them is usually dying for the glory. It can be seen in lots of examples. In the movie The Flower of War, the 12 hookers and the little boy destroyed themselves so that the other 13 girls can protect their virginity in the war. By doing this, they become heroes in people’s mind. In contrast, in American movies, after accomplishing their tasks, hero can always return to their home and back to normal life.