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New Mainstream Blockbuster¬—Narrative Research Giving Way to Spectacle

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DOI: 10.25236/emss.2021.058


He Xinyi, Yang Ziyu

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He Xinyi


As an important form of main melody film, war film has natural patriotism and nationality. It has a long history and has a strong "Empathy" effect with the audience. After the founding of the people's Republic of China, China's war films ushered in a golden period of creation. With the development of film industry technology in the new century, the division of traditional war films was slightly insufficient. In 1999, Ma Ning took the lead in proposing "new mainstream films [1] This forward-looking concept. In recent years, there have been a number of new mainstream military themed blockbusters, represented by "warwolf 2" and "operation in the Red Sea". This paper will explore the breakthrough in industrial aesthetics of China's new mainstream blockbusters through the six films of landmine war, assembly, warwolf 2, red sea operation, eight hundred and vajrakawa, through two aspects of individual narration, spectacle and spectacle theory.


War film; Spectacle theory; Individual narrative; New mainstream Chinese Blockbuster; Industrial aesthetics