Movies about ancient India or China?
January 2, 2012 12:27 PM Subscribe
Movies about Ancient Chinese or Indian history or culture?
posted by dealing away to Society & Culture (20 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I teach an Ancient History course to middle school students and every so often I host a Friday Movie Night. I like the movies to be relevant to the topics we are studying and we have been studying ancient India and are now about to start studying Ancient China.
Do you have any movie suggestions for an enjoyable and somewhat relevant movie to either ancient China or India?
Here are the qualifications:
- Pg-13 or less preferably. Rated R might work in certain cases but can't have too much sex/nudity or too much violence. It's a private school so I have a bit for leeway here.
- Foreign films are great as long as it is not too slow of a plot since 7th and 8th grade students might get restless on a Friday Night.
- I would prefer not to do Disney type of movies such as 'Mulan'. But it doesn't have to be the most authentic or historically correct movie. We can always talk about it in class as a learning exercise. It's more important that it be enjoyable and somewhat relevant.
- I would prefer for it to be set in pre-modern India or China. (Before 1000 CE) But if not, it can be a movie set in modern times that highlights a particular aspect of either ancient India or Chinese culture. (Buddhism in India for or Confucianism in China for example...)
I also teach a Modern Non-Western History course in high school so I also show movie nights for those classes. So movies about China that are 'modern' I already show it in that class. (So 'The Last Emperor' or "Empire of the Sun' are already used in that class so they don't work)
I'm really stuck here. I also show the Indian movie 'Lagaan' in a different World History course so that doesn't work either.
Any ideas? Thanks!