Pain-Recovery Complex: Pure Love in Criss-Cross of Time and Space in East Asian Romance films

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When it comes to Asian films, the audience can seldom avoid mentioning pure love films, one of the most outstanding film genres in East Asia, featured by delicate sentiment, touching plot and unique aestheticism. In these tear gases the viewers can easily find that pain-recovery complex does exist: unrealistic romance beyond time and space can heal the audience’s pain to some extent. The paper argues pure love in East Asian romance films in crisscross of time and space plays a significant role in relieving historical, national or individual pain through parallel narrative styles, taking Japanese pure love film Love Letter (1995), South Korean romantic film The Classic (2003) and Hong Kong nostalgia film The City of Glass (1998) for example. So the following paragraphs will analyze these films from three aspects: socio-cultural characteristics in each region and parallel narrative styles, as well as the thematic trait of pain-recovery.

Socio-cultural characteristics

History and society exert a major effect on cultural products, including films. Despite different social, political and geographical influences the three movies share similar creation background: turbulent society results in domestic trauma.

Japan has experienced great economy recovery after World War II, thanks to America’s financial assistance and the rapid development of heavy industry. It became the first Asian country that hosted Tokyo Olympics Games in 1964 and Osaka World Expo in 1970, reaching an average annual economic growth of more than 10 percent, becoming the world's second largest economy in 1970s and achieving 30 years of economic growth until the 1980s. Implicated by the appreciation of the Yen and low interest rate policy, however, Japan has underg...

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...purpose of giving audience criss-cross pure love experience that is more shinning, warmer, brighter and full of hope, these films have successfully provided a psychological healer to the target audience in the special era, encouraging them to keep moving on.

Work Cited

Chu, Shuangyue. Hong Kong Nostalgia Movies: Pursuing and Constructing Identity. Beijing: China Film Press, 2011. Print.

Iwai, Shunji, Miho Nakayama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Miki Sakai, and Takashi Kashiwabara. Love Letter. Hong Kong: Panorama Entertainment, 2006.

Kwak Chae-yon, Son, Ye-jin, Cho, Sŭng-u, Cho, In-sŏng. The Classic. Hong Kong: Edko Video Ltd, 2003.

Qiu, Shuting. Zhong Ri Han Dian Ying: Li Shi, She Hui, Wen Hua. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010. Print.

Zhang, Wanting, Lai, Leon, Shu, Qi, Wu, Yanzu, Zhang, Shenyue. City of Glass. Hong Kong: Golden Harvest, 1999.

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