Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair(s)

Keri Holt (Committee Chair)


Keri Holt


Christopher Gonzalez


David Wall


This thesis is an annotated bibliography that lays a critical foundation for examining the performance of heroism, violence, male bonding, and masculinity in the movies of Enter the Dragon (1973) by Bruce Lee, Hard Boiled (1992) by John Woo, and Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2003-04) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino. I am interested in comparing the representations of masculinity in these films, focusing specifically on how Woo and Tarantino have been influenced by Lee’s films. Before I can begin this comparative research project, however, I need to conduct extensive research into several specific subject areas, which is why I have decided to structure my thesis as an extended literature review in the form of an annotated bibliography. The purpose of this annotated bibliography is to identify and analyze sources that will help me track the traditional Chinese views and representations of masculinity, particularly regarding chivalrism and its representation in Hong Kong and Hollywood films. I am also interested in studying Western perceptions of Asian masculinity, which have been affected by the bias of Orientalism, which portrays Chinese and Asian masculinity in inferior terms compared to their Western counterparts. I would also like to examine the particular political, social, and economic back grounds that inform the representations of masculinity in the films of Bruce Lee and later John Woo and Quentin Tarantino, which have appealed to audiences across the world.