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Compare the representation of the cultures in the "Cymbeline" poster and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" video cover.

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Compare the representation of the cultures in the "Cymbeline" poster and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" video cover. In the recent years representation of East Asian culture has altered greatly. East Asians were previously inferred to be barbaric, admirers of violence and were deemed lower-grade to White Europeans. A current poster produced to advertise a production of Shakespeare's Cymbeline displays culture as it was seen in medieval times and portrays this White European thought. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (CTHD) however, is an up to date film by an East Asian director and featuring an exclusively East Asian cast. Subsequently, it symbolises the East Asian culture in an extremely different way, defying such pre-conceived notions of the past. The chief discrepancies in the depiction of the East Asian culture between the two media genres are involving the hero figure, the representation of women and the function and implication of violence. The hero in the Cymbeline poster is clothed in gold, but is a white male and this connotes his value; gold signifies importance and that he is highly valued. He has a fair and tranquil face and is entwined in a clasp with a white European woman. ...read more.

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The white European woman is portrayed in a way in which she seems pure and fragile. The value of the white European female does not go further than her relationship with the hero and this is shown by her size in the Cymbeline media text. The absence of East Asian women in the Cymbeline poster only suggests one thing, which is that they have no importance whatsoever. In CTHD the portrayal of women is greatly diverse to the way they are portrayed in the Cymbeline poster. The heroic status is also shared by the two women placed alongside the hero on the front cover of the CTHD video. The two women are shown brandishing swords with clear determination and skills and are placed above the hero in shots of poised action. There size, which is a tiny bit smaller than the man's, suggests that he is actually the main hero figure. The man however shares some of the features that we would expect a hero of any culture to have. The women in the CTHD media text are being portrayed as strong, determined, warrior type women; which is quite the opposite of what was shown in the Cymbeline media text. ...read more.

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Controlled violence is like the East Asian cultures identity and is always restrained. It is not like what is shown in the Cymbeline poster with the blood and destruction. Violence in CTHD is mainly performed by women and rarely by men. Also, the role of violence is represented as being controlled by the caption "stunning martial arts choreographed" and the fact that no-one's life is at risk. The role of violence in the East Asian culture is therefore part of an important signifier that the culture is one of poise. The women in the East Asian culture are not just associated with beauty and delicacy but with strength and a slight amount of controlled violence because of the difference of the role of violence in the cultures. The movements and holding of the swords are completely controlled. The words "art" and "choreographed" both anchor the fact that the violence is not jus plain fighting but pre-planned and has spiritual meaning. I conclude that the two cultures are represented completely differently in the two media texts. In the Cymbeline media text East Asians are shown as wild and barbaric, whereas CTHD portrays the East Asian culture as beautiful, spiritual and skilled. CTHD shows more of the real identity of the culture rather than the misunderstood culture by an old English generation. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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