Yellow Earth (Huang tudi, 1984)

From Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema by Markus Nornes

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  • Asian Studies
  • Media Studies
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  • Figure 3.16. Yellow Earth (Huang tudi, 1984) uses clerical style to infuse a sense of enduring history into the opening of the film, which is set during the Japanese invasion of China. In the first line, the effect of seeing a modern date (一九三七年九月) in ancient script is striking.