1. Explain how “Big Shot’s Funeral”( movie’s name) makes fun of rampant commercialism in the following two (2) scenes: Tyler’s reincarnation as a black boy; an insane businessman defining who counts as a successful person. What is Feng Xiaogang’s position on commercialism (e.g., supportive, critical, or else)?
2. Explain how “24 City”(movie’s name) perceives urban transformation in the following two (2) scenes: workers singing together in a large auditorium; Zhao Dao’s character in her Volkswagen beetle car in an empty lot. What is Jia Zhangke’s evaluation of socialist legacy (e.g., nostalgic, critical, or else)?
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3. Describe how you interpret these two (2) details from Plunder of Peach and Plum: the child is abandoned at an orphanage; the old principal visits the imprisoned former student. What message does the film send by ending in a tragic note?
4. Cite two (2) examples from It’s My Day Off to illustrate how the film emphasizes the importance of everyone helping each other. What reward does the model policeman get in the end and why is it important?