Remembering the body: Deleuze's recollection-image, and the spectacle of physical memory in Yip Man/Ip Man (2008)

This article explores how Gilles Deleuze's conceptualization of the flashback, as ‘recollection-image’, can assist our understanding of the rendering spectacular of physical memory in contemporary Chinese martial arts movies. The focus is a prominent flashback in the climactic duel in the kung fu movie, Yip Man/Ip Man (Yip, 2008). This recollection-image demonstrates how trained bodies in Chinese martial art movies suggest a slightly different understanding of time and affect from that which Deleuze formulated, based on his observation of US and European films. On textual, cultural and historical levels this article explores the usefulness of martial arts movies for developing our understanding of physicality in cinema, and for reconsidering Deleuze's ideas in light of the Eurocentrism of some of his conclusions.

Author Name: 
Martin-Jones, David
Journal: 
Journal of Chinese Cinemas
Citation: 
David Martin-Jones, Remembering the body: Deleuze's recollection-image, and the spectacle of physical memory in Yip Man/Ip Man (2008), Journal of Chinese Cinemas, 8: 2 (2014).