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Japanese Cinema

Texts and Contexts, 1st Edition

Edited by Alastair Phillips, Julian Stringer


384 pages

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Japanese Cinema includes twenty-four chapters on key films of Japanese cinema, from the silent era to the present day, providing a comprehensive introduction to Japanese cinema history and Japanese culture and society.

Studying a range of important films, from Late Spring, Seven Samurai and In the Realm of the Senses to Godzilla, Hana-Bi and Ring, the collection includes discussion of all the major directors of Japanese cinema including Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Oshima, Suzuki, Kitano and Miyazaki.

Each chapter discusses the film in relation to aesthetic, industrial or critical issues and ends with a complete filmography for each director. The book also includes a full glossary of terms and a comprehensive bibliography of readings on Japanese cinema.

Bringing together leading international scholars and showcasing pioneering new research, this book is essential reading for all students and general readers interested in one of the world’s most important film industries.

Table of Contents

List of figures List of contributors Acknowledgements Introduction ALASTAIR PHILLIPS AND JULIAN STRINGER 1. The Salary Man's Panic Time: Ozu Yasujiro's I Was Born, But… (1932) ALASTAIR PHILLIPS 2. All For Money: Mizoguchi Kenji's Osaka Elegy (1936) MORI TOSHIE 3. Turning Serious: Yamanaka Sadao's Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937) FREDA FREIBERG 4. Country Retreat: Shimizu Hiroshi’s Ornamental Hairpin (1941) ALEXANDER JACOBY 5. The Riddle of the Vase: Ozu Yasujiro's Late Spring (1949) ABE MARK NORNES 6. History Through Cinema: Mizoguchi Kenji's The Life of Oharu (1952) JOAN MELLEN 7. The Menace from the South Seas: Honda Ishiro's Godzilla (1954) YOMOTA INUHIKO 8. Seven Samurai and Six Women: Kurosawa Akira's Seven Samurai (1954) D. P. MARTINEZ 9. Women's Stories in Post-War Japan: Naruse Mikio's Late Chrysanthemums (1954) CATHERINE RUSSELL 10. A Cinematic Creation: Ichikawa Kon's Conflagration (1958) KEIKO I. MCDONALD 11. Modernization without Modernity: Masumura Yasuzo's Giants and Toys (1958) MICHAEL RAINE 12. Questions of the New: Oshima Nagisa's Cruel Story of Youth (1960) MITSUHIRO YOSHIMOTO 13. Ethnicizing the Body and Film: Teshigahara Hiroshi's Woman in the Dunes (1964) MITSUYO WADA-MARCIANO 14. Dark Visions of Japanese Film Noir: Suzuki Seijun's Branded to Kill (1967) DAISUKE MIYAO 15. Eroticism in Two Dimensions: Shinoda Masahiro's Double Suicide (1969) CAROLE CAVANAUGH 16. Transgression and the Politics of Porn: Oshima Nagisa's In the Realm of the Senses (1976) ISOLDE STANDISH 17. Unsettled Visions: Imamura Shohei's Vengeance is Mine (1979) ALASTAIR PHILLIPS 18. Playing with Postmodernism: Morita Yoshimitsu's Family Game (1983) AARON GEROW 19. Transgression and Retribution: Yanagimachi Mitsuo's Fire Festival (1985)DONALD RICHIE 20. Community and Connection: Itami Juzo’s Tampopo (1985)LINDA EHRLICH 21. The Imagination of the Transcendent: Kore-eda Hirokazu's Maborosi (1995) DAVID DESSER 22. Therapy for Him and Her: Kitano Takeshi's Hana-Bi (1997) DARRELL WILLIAM DAVIS 23. The Original and the Copy: Nakata Hideo's Ring (1998) JULIAN STRINGER 24. The Global Markets for Anime: Miyazaki Hayao's Spirited Away (2001) RAYNA DENISON Film Availability Glossary Bibliography of Works on Japanese Cinema Electronic Resources

About the Editors

ALASTAIR PHILLIPS is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the University of Warwick.

JULIAN STRINGER is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the University of Nottingham.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies