Reading a Japanese Film Cinema in Context

ISBN-10: 082482993X

ISBN-13: 9780824829933

Edition: 2006

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Reading a Japanese Film, written by a pioneer of Japanese film studies in the United States, provides viewers new to Japanese cinema with the necessary tools to construct a deeper understanding of some of the most critically acclaimed and thoroughly entertaining films ever made. In her introduction, Keiko McDonald presents a historical overview and outlines a unified approach to film analysis. Sixteen "readings" of films currently available on DVD with English subtitles put theory into practice as she considers a wide range of work, from familiar classics by Ozu and Kurosawa to the films of a younger generation of directors.
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Synergy of Theme, Style, and Dialogue: Kenji Mizoguchi's Sisters of the Gion (1936)p. 17
Dream, Song, and Symbol: Akira Kurosawa's Drunken Angel (1948)p. 33
A Meiji Novel for the Screen: Shiro Toyoda's The Mistress (1954)p. 49
Period Film Par Excellence: Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy (1954-1956)p. 66
Simple Means for Complex Ends: Yasujiro Ozu's Floating Weeds (1959)p. 93
Eros, Politics, and Folk Religion: Kaneto Shindo's Onibaba (1963)p. 108
The Age-Old Paradox of Innocence and Experience: Kohei Oguri's Muddy River (1981)p. 122
Satire on the Family and Education in Postwar Japan: Yoshimitsu Morita's The Family Game (1983)p. 136
Defeat Revisited: Masahiro Shinoda's MacArthur's Children (1984)p. 152
Satire on Contemporary Japan: Juzo Itami's A Taxing Woman (1987)p. 165
Animation Seminal and Influential: Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro (1988)p. 176
Cultural Responses to Simplicity: Akira Kurosawa's Madadayo (1993)p. 187
The Danger and Allure of Phantom Light: Hirokazu Koreeda's Maboroshi (1995)p. 198
Stressed-Out Nineties Youth in Laid-Back Sixties Dress: Takeshi Kitano's Kids Return (1995)p. 219
Bittersweet Childhood: Yoichi Higashi's Village of Dreams (1996)p. 232
A Woman Director's Approach to the Country Family: Naomi Kawase's Suzaku (1997)p. 244
Notesp. 259
Selected Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 283
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