Title

Remaking Ozu : Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Café Lumière

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

The poetics of Chinese cinema

Publication Date

2016

First Page

97

Last Page

118

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract

Café Lumiere pairs the Ozu/Hou doublet with the Lumiere brothers, the legendary founding fathers of cinema. Café Lumiere, coffee shop under light, is more than a handy reference to a personal experience and an intercultural wordplay. It is also a historical conceit that offers a look back on historical phases. This chapter takes a direct approach (by way of segmentation) to note the textual correlatives, parallels, and inter-generational echoes, to reach an understanding of Hou's design in interweaving the life of a Tokyo woman with the history of cinema and Sino-Japanese cultural politics. By tracing the diegetic time of Café Lumiere, we find that Yoko's "uneventful" daily activities not only reveal epistemological clues of a young woman's desire in Tokyo, they also offer points of entry into Hou's revision of cinema and history.

DOI

10.1057/978-1-137-55309-6_6

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Copyright © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

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Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9781137566089

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Recommended Citation

Yeh, E. Y.-y. (2016). Remaking Ozu: Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Café Lumière. In G. Bettinson & J. Udden (Eds.), The poetics of Chinese cinema (pp. 97-118). United States: Palgrave Macmillan.