In the Empty Name of Zhuangzi ——The Arbitrariness of Semiotics in Big Fish & Begonia

Silin Chen China was once proud of its top-notch animation industry. Animation classics produced by the Shanghai Animation Film Studio impressed generations of Chinese children and inspired internationally renowned directors like Miyazaki Hayao to pursue careers in animation. Having witnessed the decline of the Chinese animation industry, which was overshadowed by the global popularity of … Continue reading In the Empty Name of Zhuangzi ——The Arbitrariness of Semiotics in Big Fish & Begonia

Monsters to Die For: On Monster Hunt as an Ecological Fable

Haiyan Lee The 2015 animated feature film Monster Hunt (Zhuoyao ji) is a popcorn caper served up by a mainland-Hong Kong coproduction team led by director Raman Hui who cleverly meld the nonsensical (moleitau) conventions of Hong Kong cinema with state-of-the-art CGI technologies. It also rehashes the well-worn Hollywood motif of a bumbling everyman turned … Continue reading Monsters to Die For: On Monster Hunt as an Ecological Fable