Reading a Japanese Film: Cinema in Context

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University of Hawaii Press, 2006 - Drama - 292 pages
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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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Contents

Synergy of Theme Style and Dialogue Kenji Mizoguchis Sisters of the Gion 1936
17
Dream Song and Symbol Akira Kurosawas Drunken Angel 1948
33
A Meiji Novel for the Screen Shiro Toyodas The Mistress 1954
49
Period Film Par Excellence Hiroshi Inagakis Samurai Trilogy 19541956
66
Simple Means for Complex Ends Yasujiro Ozus Floating Weeds 1959
93
Eros Politics and Folk Religion Kaneto Shindos Onibaba 1963
108
The AgeOld Paradox of Innocence and Experience Kohei Oguris Muddy River 1981
122
Satire on the Family and Education in Postwar Japan Yoshimitsu Meritas The Family Gome 1983
136
Animation Seminal and Influential Hayao Miyazakis My Neighbor Totoro 1988
176
Cultural Responses to Simplicity Akira Kurosawas Madadayo 1993
187
The Danger and Allure of Phantom Light Hirokazu Koreedas Maboroshi 1995
198
StressedOut Nineties Youth in LaidBack Sixties Dress Takeshi Kitanos Kids Return 1995
219
Bittersweet Childhood Yoichi Higashis Village of Dreams 1996
232
A Woman Directors Approach to the Country Family Naomi Kawases Suzaku 1997
244
Notes
259
Selected Bibliography
277

Defeat Revisited Masahiro Shinodas MacArthurs Children 1984
152
Satire on Contemporary Japan Juzo Itamis A Taxing Woman 1987
165

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About the author (2006)

Keiko I. McDonald is professor of Japanese cinema and literature at the University of Pittsburgh.

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