Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema

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Indiana University Press, 1988 - Performing Arts - 239 pages
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The decade of the 1960s encompassed a "New Wave" of films whose makers were rebels, challenging cinematic traditions and the culture at large. The films of the New Wave in Japan have, until now, been largely overlooked. Eros plus Massacre (taking its title from a 1969 Yoshida Yoshishige film) is the first major study devoted to the examination and explanation of Japanese New Wave film.

Desser organizes his volume around the defining motifs of the New Wave. Chapters examine in depth such themes as youth, identity, sexuality, and women, as they are revealed in the Japanese film of the sixties. Desser's research in Japanese film archives, his interviews with major figures of the movement, and his keen insight into Japanese culture combine to offer a solid and balanced analysis of films by Oshima, Shinoda, Imamura, Yoshida, Suzuki, and others.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1
Ideology and
13
Nihon no yoru to kiri Night and Fog in Japan
25
Nihon no yoru to kiri Night and Fog in Japan
29
CHAPTER TWO Cruel Stories of Youth
39
Kuchizuke Kisses
43
Seishun zankoku monogatari Cruel Story of Youth
49
Koi no katamichi kippu OneWay Ticket for Love
53
Akai tenshi Red Angel
120
Akitsu Onsen Akitsu Hot Springs
133
Ansatsu Assassination
139
Kawaita hana Pale Flower
140
CHAPTER FIVE Forest of Pressure
145
Shiiku The Catch
151
Buraikan
181
Shinjuku dorobo nikki Diary of a Shinjuku Thief
189

Natnida o shishi no tategami ni Tears on the Lions Mane
55
Rokudenashi GoodforNothing
56
Akitsu Onsen Akitsu Hot Springs
57
Buta to gunkan Pigs and Battleships
60
Shiiku The Catch
64
Kenka ereji Elegy to Violence
71
Kaigenrei Martial Law
74
Identity Sexuality and
76
Jinruigaku nyumon The Pornographers
83
Etsuraku Pleasures of the Flesh
90
Hakuchu no torima Violence at Noon
92
Shinjuku dorobo nikki Diary of a Shinjuku Thief
95
CHAPTER FOUR Insect Women
108
CHAPTER SEVEN Three Men Who Left Their Will on Film
192
Tokyo senso sengo hiwa The Man Who Left His Will on Film
196
Tokyo senso sengo hiwa The Man Who Left His Will on Film
198
Hatsukoi jigokuhen The Inferno of First Love
201
Eros purasu gyakusatsu Eros plus Massacre
202
Tokyo senso sengo hiwa The Man Who Left His Will on Film
204
Eros purasu gyakusatsu Eros plus Massacre
206
Eros purasu gyakusatsu Eros plus Massacre
208
NOTES
213
NEW WAVE FILMOGRAPHY
227
INDEX
235
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David Desser (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor Emeritus of Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois. He is the author of The Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa (UMI Research Press) and Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (Indiana University Press); the co-author (with Lester Friedman) of American Jewish Filmmakers (U of Illinois Press); and the editor of Ozu s Tokyo Story (Cambridge University Press).

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