CONTEMPORARY CINEMA: CHINESE CINEMA & King of the Children (Hai zi wang; Kaige Chen, 1987) Directed by Kaige Chen Written by Jianjun He Cast Shaohua Chen Yuan Xie Xuewen Yang 1) In what ways does this film conform to the Fifth Generation movement? Does it deviate from the conventions of the movement? Can it be seen as a step in the direction of, or away from, a “Tradition of Quality”? 2) The theme of this film has often been misunderstood in the West. Just what is the theme of this film? Is the film critical of contemporary China and its government? 3) In what ways can we see the influence of traditional Chinese culture in this film, either thematically or stylistically? 4) What are the various influences – both positive and negative – that are evident in this film?