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電影《紅高粱》的色彩藝術 The Art of Colour in the Film Red Sorghum


2021/22 School of Chinese Scholar Seminar



The Art of Colour in the Film Red Sorghum


Speaker: Dr. GONG Ailing

Moderator: Dr. LIN Pei-yin


Date & Time: June 6, 2022 (Mon) 16:30-18:00pm

Language: Putonghua

Mode of Delivery: 100% Online (via Zoom)


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Meeting ID: 969 6248 8777

Password: 090440




The film Red Sorghum applies many bright colours, which generate an impactful visual effect. The colour application is from Zhang Yimou’s aesthetic taste and professional training. It also contains the colour symbols unique to Chinese culture. Through the art of colour, the film vividly relays the rich content of Mo Yan’s eponymous novel and Mo Yan’s thought, combining both the literary and filmic elements. This talk will first analyse the use of colours and its implications in Red Sorghum to decipher the colour codes in Zhang's film and Mo Yan's novel, and then explore the former's art of directing and the latter's literary techniques.




Gong Ailing obtained her PhD from the Shandong Normal University, and is currently Associate Professor at the College of Humanities and Law, Shandong University of Science and Technology, and Visiting Scholar at the School of Chinese, HKU (Feb to Aug 2022). She has published numerous articles in Chinese core journals, and authored two books: Aesthetic Redemption: A Study of the Illness Narratives in Modern Chinese Literature (2014) and Celluloid Nationalist Soul: An Appreciation of Chinese Resistance War Films (2017). 


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