Social themes and values via China’s popular horror films

From The China Beat: “However, there are two features that are common to Chinese ghost stories… the moral message seldom turns on romantic freedom, but rather on the necessity to balance yin and yang, or the destructive and the generative forces of the cosmos. […] the difference between good and evil is a matter of degree, rather than of essence. The demon is not a figure of existential enigma or radical evil…; it does not radically call into question our humanity or fundamental cosmic justice. … The were-animals and the undead who are caught mingling with humans are not always malicious beings bent upon destruction for its own sake. Rather, they are among us because they are achingly jealous of the simple joys and happiness of ordinary human life that are not (or no longer) available to them…”

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