This book examines representations of the Second World War in postwar Chinese and Japanese cinema. Drawing on a wide range of scholarly disciplines, and analysing a wide range of films, it demonstrates the potential of war movies for understanding contemporary China and Japan. It shows how the war is remembered in both countries, including the demonisation of Japanese soldiers in postwar socialist-era Chinese movies, and the pervasive sense of victimhood in Japanese memories of the war. However, it also shows how some Chinese directors were experimenting with alternatives interpretations of the war from as early as the 1950s, and how, despite the "resurgence of nationalism" in japan since the 1980s, the production of Japanese movies critical of the war has continued.
1. The Second World War in Post-War Chinese and Japanese Film Timothy Y. Tsu, Sandra Wilson, King-fai Tam 2. A Genealogy of Anti-Japanese Protagonists in Chinese War Films, 1949-2011 Timothy Y. Tsu 3. Film, Ethnic Minorities, and the Anti-Japanese War: An Analysis of The Muslim Detachment and Jin Yuji Yanli Han, translated by Timothy Y. Tsu 4. The Sino-Japanese War in Ip Man: From Miscommunication to Poetic Combat Paola Voci 5. War, Horror and Trauma: Japanese Atrocities on Chinese Screens Kristof Van den Troost 6. Documentaries as Historical Text: the Emergence of the East River Column on the Hong Kong Television Screen King-fai Tam 7. The Theme of Salvation in Chinese and Japanese War Movies Siu Leung Li 8. Establishing the Genre of the Revisionist War Film: The Shin-Tōhō Body of Post-Occupation War Films in Japan Dick Stegewerns 9. Wild, Wild War: Okamoto Kihachi and the Politics of the Desperado Films Hiroshi Kitamura 10. Japan’s Longest Days: Tōhō and the Politics of War Memory, 1967-1972 Harald Salomon 11. The Himeyuri Film Cycle: Cultural Change and Remakes of an Okinawan Tragedy Christopher Ames 12. What is There to Laugh About? University of Laughs as an Anti-War Film Comedy Beng Choo Lim 13. A Past to be Ashamed or Proud of? Echoes of the Fifteen-Year War in Japanese Film Marco del Bene
The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at StDonald@lincoln.ac.uk.
Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales
Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University