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ISBN 9780415328487
Published November 5, 2007 by Routledge
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Book Description

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

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Biography

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.