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Dual Viewpoints for Double Vision: Spatialized Narration and In/Visible Special Effects Abstract
Chen, Ru-Shou Robert
Double Vision;digital technology;special effects;Taiwan cinema
|Issue Date: ||2013-03-13 15:04:40 (UTC+8)|
Double Vision（2002）created vastly new prospects for Taiwan's film industry. Its production and marketing costs far surpassed those of other Taiwan films, and ticket sales were also exceptional for any recent one. In addition, like the earlier film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Double Vision is full of all kinds of contradiction and ambiguity. While it is a more typical Taiwanese movie than Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the director went to great lengths to distance the film from the stereotyped image of a Taiwanese movie. While the story seems to take place in Taiwan, it is not the Taiwan we are familiar with. Furthermore, there are Hong Kong idol Tony Leung Ka-Fai playing a Taiwanese policeman with a Hong Kong Mandarin accent to pursue homicide cases in the film, and an American star playing the FBI agent who is called on to provide assistance. The title "Double Vision" specifically reflects the foregoing dual contradictions. This paper similarly seeks to account for the film's dualities, of which one is the portrayal of the concept of structural spatialization. Narrative structures in this film are traditionally presented from the angle of time, and the lead character is propelled forward in time until the end of the story. Double Vision, however, has a spatial orientation. Even more striking is the fact that the movie uses corpses to drive the narrative structure forward, and the conclusion of the story is the death of the protagonist, and not his heroic triumph. The other duality involves the film's visible and invisible special effects. Looking back on the technological development of cinema over the last century, the paper examines how the major issues of realism, and also the impact of digital technology, have affected the essential nature of the film.
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