Asian Popular Cinema (P5051)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Asian Popular Cinema will introduce you to popular film culture from Asia. Using films from across the region, we will explore different manifestations of popular cinema in their specific cultural, historical, and industrial contexts. Particular attention will be paid to the emergence of intra-Asian dynamics, and the transnational flow of cinemas.

Topics covered weekly will vary, but may include questions of form and genre (e.g. the blockbuster, the musical, comedy, anime, martial arts films), production (e.g. co-productions, stars, fan culture, popular authorship), and the mediation of popular issues (e.g. political protest, historical experience, gender and the family, urbanization, migration).


60%: Lecture (Film)
40%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Professional log, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 55 hours of contact time and about 245 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: