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A Humorous Multimodal Study of the Movie "This is not What I Expected"

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DOI: 10.23977/artpl.2023.041210 | Downloads: 28 | Views: 358


Zhang Hui 1


1 Nanjing Vocational University of Industry Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210000, China

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Zhang Hui


Film, as a typical example of multimodal discourse analysis, is a blend of auditory and visual sense, through various means such as language, image, sound, movement and symbols of resources to bring the audience an audio-visual feast. Lu Jin, played by Takeshi Kanagi, represents the superior upper class, while Gu Shengnan, played by Zhou Dongyu, is the representative of the civilian class. Two people with different characters and classes fall in love with each other because of food, which produces scenes of joy that make people laugh. Based on the theory of multimodal discourse analysis and the theory of humor, this paper discusses the mechanism of humor in the movie "This is not what I expected" and analyzes the loving process between the hero and heroine from meeting, knowing, getting along with each other and falling in love. This paper also discusses the synergistic effect of different modalities in the film.


Humor, Multimodal, Complementarity, Intensification


Zhang Hui, A Humorous Multimodal Study of the Movie "This is not What I Expected". Art and Performance Letters (2023) Vol. 4: 54-59. DOI:


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