Asian Cinemas

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Asian Cinemas

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Communication Studies, Film Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description

    This course will introduce you to a broad spectrum of Asian cinemas reflecting various aspects of film culture. The focus of the course is on film history, genre, national cinema and authorship studies, to contrast styles and themes found within and between different Asian cinemas.

    The course will address the following questions, amongst others: What, if anything, constitutes a national or regional cinema? Is there something distinctive that defines Asian cinema? How do Asian cinemas respond to the aesthetics and economics of ‘Hollywood’ cinema?


    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Explain the features, themes and genres of specific Asian cinemas.
    • Critically discuss the historical background and development of specific cinemas of the Asian region.
    • Analyse the cinema of several countries in terms of aspects of their domestic political, economic and cultural context.
    • Compare and contrast the works of major Asian filmmakers.
    • Interpret and critically discuss aspects of the film style, "language" and aesthetics of specific Asian cinemas.


    Overview of Learning Activities

    You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.


    Overview of Learning Resources

    RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

    A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

    The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


    Overview of Assessment

    You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include written and oral reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups.

    Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

    Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some are essential to make our site work; others help us improve the user experience. By using the site, you consent to the placement of these cookies.

Read our Privacy Policy to learn more.