1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema

Edited By Joanne Bernardi, Shota T. Ogawa Copyright 2021
    396 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    396 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema provides a timely and expansive overview of Japanese cinema today, through cutting-edge scholarship that reflects the hybridity of approaches defining the field.

    The volume’s twenty-one chapters represent work by authors with diverse backgrounds and expertise, recasting traditional questions of authorship, genre, and industry in broad conceptual frameworks such as gender, media theory, archive studies, and neoliberalism. The volume is divided into four parts, each representing an emergent area of inquiry:

    • "Decentring Classical Cinema"
    • "Questions of Industry"
    • "Intermedia as an Approach"
    • "The Object Life of Film"

    This is the first anthology of Japanese cinema scholarship to span the temporal framework of 200 years, from the vibrant magic lantern culture of the nineteenth century, through to the formation of the film industry in the twentieth century, and culminating in cinema’s migration to gaming, surveillance video, and other new media platforms of the twenty-first century.

    This handbook will prove a useful resource to students and scholars of Japanese studies, film studies, and cultural studies more broadly.



    Part I. Decentering Classical Cinema: Modernity, Translation, and Mobilization


    1. Suspense and Border Crossing: Ozu Yasujirō’s Crime Melodrama

    Ryoko Misono (translated by Kimberlee Diane Sanders and Shota T. Ogawa)

    2. Beyond Mt. Fuji and the Lenin Cap: Identity Crisis in Taniguchi Senkichi’s Akasen kichi (The Red Light Military Base, 1953)

    Hideyuki Nakamura (translated by Shota T. Ogawa and Bianca Briciu)

    3. Home Movies of the Revolution: Proletarian Filmmaking and Counter-Mobilization in Interwar Japan

    Diane Wei Lewis

    4. When Marnie Was There: Female Friendship Film and the Genealogy of Queer Girls Culture

    Yuka Kanno

    5. Making Sense of Nakai Masakazu’s Film Theory, "Kino Satz"

    Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

    6. Geysers of Another Nature: The Optical Unconscious of the Japanese Science Film

    Anne McKnight


    Part II. Questions of Industry: Critical Studies of Regulatory Frameworks, Creative Labor, and Distributive Networks


    7. Kaiju Films as Exportable Content: Reassessing the Function of the Japanese Film Export Promotion Association

    Takeshi Tanikawa (translated by Caitlin Casiello and Joanne Bernardi)

    8. “Fugitives” from the Studio System: Ikebe Ryō, Sada Keiji, and the Transition from Cinema to Television in the Early 1960s

    Takafusa Hatori

    9. Solo Animation in Japan: Empathy for the Drawn Body

    Paul Roquet

    10. Media Models of "Amateur" Film and Manga

    Alexander Zahlten


    Part III. Intermedia as an Approach: Tracing Genealogies across Disciplines and Media


    11. Utsushie: Japanese Magic Lantern Performance as Pre-cinematic Projection Practice

    Machiko Kusahara

    12. "Inter-Mediating" Global Modernity: Benshi Film Narrators, Multisensory Performance, and Fan Culture

    Kyoko Omori

    13. Between Silent and Sound: The Liminal Space of the Japanese "Sound Version"

    Johan Nordström

    14. Marionettes No Longer: Politics in the Early Puppet Animation of Kawamoto Kihachirō

    Noboru Tomonari

    15. Rhetorics of Autonomy and Mobility in Japanese "AAA" Games: The Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil Series within a Global Media Context

    Daniel Johnson

    16. Pointing Through the Screen: Archiving, Surveillance, and Atomization in the Wake of Japan’s 2011 Triple Disasters

    Joel Neville Anderson


    Part IV. The Object Life of Film: Site-Specific Approaches to Japanese Cinema Studies


    17. A Historical Survey of Film Archiving in Japan

    Kae Ishihara

    18. Japanese Film History and the Challenges of IMAGICA WEST Corp.

    Kanta Shibata (translated by Thomas Kabara and Isabella Bilodeau)

    19. A Case Study of Japanese Film Exhibition in North America: The Japan Society, New York

    Kyoko Hirano

    20. Regional Film Archive in Transit: Yasui Yoshio and Kobe Planet Film Archive

    Shota T. Ogawa

    21. New Paths toward Preserving Japanese Cinema: The Toy Film Museum Backstory

    Joanne Bernardi


    Joanne Bernardi is Professor of Japanese/Film and Media, University of Rochester. Her background includes East Asian Studies, film preservation, filmmaking, and photography. She directs the Re-Envisioning Japan DH Project; publications include Japanese and silent cinema, film historiography, screenwriting, material culture, tourism, popular culture, and digital humanities.

    Shota T. Ogawa is Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Nagoya University, Japan. With a background in Visual and Cultural Studies, his research interests include postcolonial hybridity in Japanese cinema, tourism and travel films in imperial Japan, and trans-cultural migration of passing narratives.