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Dead or Alive: martial arts and the forensic gaze

Lo, V; (2019) Dead or Alive: martial arts and the forensic gaze. In: Lo, V and Berry, C and Liping, G, (eds.) Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities. (pp. 12-34). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The contemporary worldwide addiction to the forensic-medical gaze, the power to see both the patterns of brutality inscribed on a body and the moral truths about whodunit, how and why they did it, and sometimes with whom, took a fascinating turn in Peter Chan’s (Chen Kexin 陳可辛) Chinese martial arts film Dragon (2011), hereafter referred to by its Chinese title Wuxia 武侠, ‘Martial Chivalry’. In a brilliant twenty-first century appropriation of both ancient Chinese medical traditions and the much-loved forensic detective genre, Wuxia pushes the martial arts epic in a new direction with a minute visual analysis of the anatomy and physiology of the martial arts body.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Dead or Alive: martial arts and the forensic gaze
ISBN-13: 9781138580299
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9780429507465
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429507465
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085480
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